CHPA Celebrates International Self-Care Day with Event on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. (July 24, 2014) – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is proud to host the first International Self-Care Day (ISCD) event in the United States.  The World Self-Medication Industry (WSMI) launched ISCD in China in 2011 to celebrate the importance of self-care and to encourage the general public to practice responsible self-care. Every year ISCD is observed on July 24 (7/24) to serve as a reminder that the benefits of self-care are lifelong, experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7).

 Today’s event on Capitol Hill highlights how over-the-counter (OTC) medicines empower consumers to practice self-care and in turn save the U.S. healthcare system $102 billion each year.

 “There are powerful forces reshaping healthcare in the U.S. and across the globe, and they are elevating the role of OTC medicines. There’s both a consumer desire and an economic imperative to increase access to self-care options,” said CHPA President and CEO Scott Melville.

 Erica Mann, WSMI chair and president of Bayer HealthCare’s Consumer Care division, said ISCD is an opportunity to highlight the importance of making self-care a lifelong habit.

 “There has never been a more urgent need to focus the world’s attention on the importance of better self-care,” Mann said. “Empowering consumers and patients to become active shapers of their health and well-being is the single most effective, common-sense way to improve health, reduce healthcare costs, and relieve the growing burden on health professionals.”

 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 removed OTC medicine eligibility from tax-preferred accounts unless the medicine is purchased with a doctor’s prescription. Today's Capitol Hill event highlighted also the importance of passing bi-partisan, bicameral legislation to repeal the OTC provision of PPACA – the Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2013 (H.R. 2835/S. 1647).

 “It’s time for Congress to restore OTC eligibility under flexible spending arrangements and health savings accounts and provide consumers with relief from a policy that treats self-care options differently than other types of healthcare,” Melville said.

 The speakers for the event will include:

  •  Scott Melville, CHPA, president and CEO
  •  Erica Mann, Bayer HealthCare, chair, WSMI
  •  Dr. Guo, International Self-Care Foundation, chair and founder
  •  Jim Mackey, Merck Consumer Care, senior vice president; CHPA chair
  •  U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.); co-sponsor of H.R. 2835
  •  Steven Taylor, Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, CEO

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 The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 133-year-old 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 promoting the increasingly vital role of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements in America’s healthcare system through science, education, and advocacy.