CHPA President & CEO Testifies Before Congress in Support of OTC Monograph Reform

Melville voices support for draft legislation in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health. 

(WASHINGTON, Sep. 13, 2017) — The system regulating over-the-counter (OTC) medicines – the OTC Monograph system – is more than 40 years old and in need of modernization, according to Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) President and CEO, Scott Melville who testified today in strong support of OTC Monograph reform before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health.
Citing the importance of OTC medicines to consumers and our nation’s healthcare system, Melville emphasized that it is essential for the OTC regulatory structure to promote efficiency, transparency, and innovation. To ensure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is adequately funded and resourced to accomplish this important work, the subcommittee is considering a draft of OTC Monograph reform legislation. 
“CHPA member companies produce the vast majority of OTC medicines in our country and provide millions of Americans with safe, effective, and affordable therapies to treat and prevent many common ailments and conditions,” stated Melville. “The availability of self-care treatment options saves money, reduces burdens on the healthcare system, and keeps consumers active and productive.”
CHPA strongly supports the OTC Monograph system as a balanced framework for regulating OTC medicines containing ingredients with a proven history of safe use. And, as emphasized in today’s hearing, CHPA, health professionals, manufacturers, and many others in the OTC marketplace support modernization.
“The legislation we are discussing today is incredibly important and, if enacted, will impact the health of nearly every American for decades to come. It’s the product of months – and even years – of consideration and compromise between many stakeholders,” according to Melville, who concluded, “we look forward to continuing to work with members of this committee to finalize the text and support its introduction and consideration by the Congress.” See the full hearing testimony here
OTC monograph reform is supported by a diverse group of advocacy organizations including the March of Dimes, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the American Dental Association, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. This legislation provides for expedited safety label changes; a clear, meaningful path for innovation; will expand consumer choice; and gives FDA the resources needed to support a more responsive regulatory process.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 136-year-old national trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the U.S. healthcare system $6-$7, contributing a total of $102 billion in savings each year. CHPA is committed to empowering self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products.

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