Statement from Scott Melville, President and CEO of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), Regarding HHS 2019 Budget:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 13, 2018) — “We were pleased to see that the Administration anticipates a modernized OTC Monograph system will be in place by 2019. The budget is an aspiration document, so this indicates that Monograph reform legislation is an Administration priority this year.

“The industry’s willingness to support user fees for medicines regulated under the OTC Monograph system is contingent upon the enactment of a modernized regulatory structure that permits timely updates to safety information, accounts for advances in science, and accommodates innovation. We are encouraged by the ongoing, bipartisan momentum behind Monograph reform and look forward to seeing the legislation move forward this year.” 


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. 


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