CHPA Commends House on Passage of Retail Crime Legislation

Washington, D.C. (September 30, 2010)—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) issued the following statement on passage of H.R. 5932, the Organized Retail Theft Investigation and Prosecution Act:

“CHPA applauds the U.S. House of Representatives on passage of H.R. 5932, the Organized Retail Theft Investigation and Prosecution Act of 2010. This important piece of bipartisan legislation, introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), provides a good first step toward effectively addressing organized retail crime by establishing a dedicated office within the U.S. Department of Justice to work with state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute those responsible for committing these crimes.

“On behalf of the leading manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, CHPA continues to support efforts to stem organized retail theft.  Theft of medicines poses a public health risk, as adulterated or contaminated medications can be introduced into the consumer market. We hope that the U.S. Senate will take up this important piece of legislation and look forward to working with the retail community, law enforcement, and our elected officials to stop the problem of organized retail crime.“

Contact: Elizabeth Funderburk, 202.429.9260


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