CHPA Commends Committee Passage of H.R. 970, the Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2007

Initiative Serves as Major Step in Curbing Substance Abuse Among Youth

Washington, D.C. (September 27, 2007)—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce passed H.R. 970, the Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2007, which prohibits the distribution of raw dextromethorphan, an active ingredient commonly found in over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines, to any person other than FDA-registered drug manufacturers. Following is a statement by Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A., president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), on the bill’s passage:

"CHPA commends the House Energy and Commerce Committee for its commitment to seeing this important initiative passed into law. We are fortunate to have such bipartisan support on this issue and are grateful for the efforts U.S. Representatives Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.)—who developed and introduced the legislation—and the bill’s 20 co-sponsors to protect America’s youth from this serious threat.

"We are hopeful that this legislation will soon move to the House floor for consideration, where in the previous session passed this initiative by voice vote without opposition. While consideration of this legislation is a major step forward in protecting teens from the dangers of raw, unfinished dextromethorphan abuse, we continue to work to help prevent the abuse of dextromethorphan in its finished form of OTC cough medicine. The makers of OTC medicines are spearheading a major campaign to raise awareness about dextromethorphan abuse, and we are working with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America in these efforts. We are committed to educating and empowering parents to take responsibility and action by informing their children of the dangers of abusing safe and legal household products."

This legislation is now pending consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. A companion bill, S. 1378, has been introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

Contacts: Elizabeth Funderburk and Virginia Cox, 202.429.9260

CHPA is the 126-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplement.