Statement from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Regarding Senator Orrin Hatch’s Announced Retirement

CHPA President and CEO Scott Melville issued the following statement regarding the announced retirement of Senator Orrin Hatch:
 
“The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) thanks Senator Hatch for his distinguished service to the nation. As we reflect on Senator Hatch’s many policy achievements over four decades in the U.S. Senate, his contribution to the healthcare of our nation is particularly impressive. In addition to his authorship of landmark legislation with Congressman Henry Waxman, spearheading pharmaceutical innovation, Senator Hatch has been a tireless advocate for responsible self-care and measures that empower consumers through access to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. 

Senator Hatch was an author of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA); was the lead sponsor of the Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act; and has been a champion for the cosmetics industry. 

“For many years, Senator Hatch has served as the Co-Chair of the bipartisan, Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, providing unparalleled leadership to the nearly three-quarters of Americans who take dietary supplements every year. Dietary supplements can help consumers to fill critical nutrition gaps and achieve better health.  

 “Senator Hatch has also championed legislation that would allow Americans to use their tax-preferred, Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) to purchase OTC medicines and dietary supplements, as well as other health products. This common-sense legislation is aimed at improving access to quality, affordable healthcare while reducing other healthcare costs and improving prevention and wellness. 

“In 2006, Senator Hatch was awarded CHPA’s prestigious Ivan D. Combe Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed upon an outstanding individual whose actions have created a positive impact on consumer healthcare.


“Senator Hatch leaves behind a historic legacy of legislative accomplishment and his leadership and sense of humor will be greatly missed in the Senate. We offer him our most heartfelt thanks for his tireless dedication to better healthcare, including self-care. We look forward to continuing to work with the Senator throughout the remainder of his term, and wish him well in his well-deserved retirement.” 

 
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The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 137-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. chpa.org  
 
Contact: Lauren Bloomberg (Lbloomberg@chpa.org)
 
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