Scott M. Melville to Lead CHPA as New President

Washington, D.C. (September 28, 2010)—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) today announced that Scott M. Melville will become its new president effective November 1, 2010. Melville currently serves as senior vice president for government affairs and general counsel for the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA). He succeeds CHPA President Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A. who is retiring after eight years of service to the association.

"The CHPA Board of Directors and member companies are excited to welcome Scott to lead our association," said Christopher D. DeWolf, CHPA board chair and president & chief executive officer of Lil’ Drug Store Products, Inc. "This is an important time for our industry, and Scott's understanding of the vital role that over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements play in America's healthcare system uniquely positions him to lead the association. His experience in public policy, coalition-building, and working with government officials and key stakeholders will be invaluable in guiding the industry through the rapidly changing healthcare environment."

Melville brings over two decades of healthcare, legislative, regulatory, and association management experience to his new role as CHPA president. Prior to joining HDMA, the national association representing pharmaceutical wholesale distributors, Melville served as an attorney and head of government relations for Cephalon, Inc., and previously served in public policy and government affairs positions at Hoffmann-La Roche and Sterling Winthrop. He is a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association. Prior to joining the healthcare industry, Melville served as legislative counsel and Appropriations Committee associate on the staff of the U.S. Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.).

"I am extremely honored to join CHPA at this critical time and to build upon the many accomplishments realized under Linda Suydam's leadership," said Melville. "I look forward to working with the CHPA board and the entire membership to further advance the essential contribution that OTC medicines and dietary supplements offer to millions of American consumers seeking safe, effective, and convenient healthcare products."

Melville is an alumnus of Bucknell University and the George Mason University School of Law.

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CHPA is the 129-year-old-trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements.