CHPA Statement Regarding Confirmation of Xavier Becerra as New Secretary of HHS

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Press Releases and Statements | Mar 18, 2021

“CHPA congratulates Xavier Becerra upon his confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Mr. Becerra has decades of experience working on important healthcare policy issues, both federally and in the state of California, and is taking the helm at an unprecedented time for healthcare in this country.

“The global pandemic has underscored the critical role of consumer healthcare products, including over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, dietary supplements, and consumer medical devices, in our nation’s healthcare system. Personal healthcare products have reduced demands on the healthcare system by allowing individuals and families to safely, conveniently, and cost-effectively manage many of their health issues at home without the need to visit their healthcare provider. Self-care can prevent sickness, while freeing up healthcare practitioners for more serious cases, reducing the risk of viral spread, and saving the healthcare system billions of dollars each year.

“CHPA was pleased to see Mr. Becerra’s submitted response to a Senate HELP Committee member’s question in which he stated his support of Rx-to-OTC switch for its cost-saving potential and his commitment to increasing consumer access to medicines that are currently only available with a prescription. CHPA and its member companies look forward to working with Mr. Becerra on important issues facing consumer healthcare and working on ways in which public policy can enhance self-care for consumers and our healthcare system.”

Founded in 1881, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the national trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, dietary supplements, and consumer medical devices. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the U.S. healthcare system more than $7, contributing a total of $146 billion in savings each year. CHPA is committed to empowering consumer self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products.