CHPA Nominates the Partnership for a Drug-Free America for the Discovery Health Channel Medical Honors

Awards bestowed to premier health and medical pioneers

Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2004)—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) today announced the nomination of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (the Partnership) for their efforts to increase public awareness and address trends in substance abuse among our nation’s youth. CHPA is honored to be one of the 11 partners selected by Discovery Health Channel Medical Honors to represent some of this country’s most wellknown national health voluntaries, disease awareness groups, and foundations.

“It is a privilege for CHPA be a part of this tribute to some of the nation’s most influential and innovative health care leaders,” said CHPA President Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A. “The Partnership is highly regarded for their efforts in prevention education and truly represents the centerpiece of our nation’s efforts to combat substance abuse among our youth.”

Last year, CHPA and its member companies entered into a two-year strategic alliance with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Partnership to significantly improve the quantity and quality of prevention education communications between parents and kids by implementing the Methamphetamine and Club Drugs Education Campaign in pilot cities. CHPA and the Partnership also are collaborating on a dextromethorphan (DXM) education program to address abuse of DXM, an ingredient found in many over-the-counter cough medicines.

Discovery Health Channel Medical Honors is a salute to the nation’s most influential and innovative health care leaders. A total of 13 awards will be bestowed during tonight’s ceremony. The gala will be hosted by Regis Philbin and will premiere on Discovery Health Channel on July 8 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., ET/PT. Additionally, the 13 honorees will be recognized in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands July 5.

EDITOR’S NOTE: CHPA and the Partnership’s educational brochure for parents on the potential for abuse of dextromethorphan is available at http://www.chpa-info.org/web/for_consumers/PDFs/DXM_Brochure_English.pdf. Additional information on the Methamphetamine and Club Drugs Education campaign can be found on CHPA’s web site.

Contacts: Elizabeth Assey and Virginia Cox, 202.429.9260


CHPA is the 123-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplement products.