CHPA and CADCA to host
nationwide town hall meetings during National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month
CHPA and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America issued a
July 17 commending U.S. Senators Joseph R. Biden, Jr., (D-Del.) and Charles E.
Grassley (R-Iowa) for introducing
S. Res. 614, a resolution designating August as National Medicine Abuse
Awareness Month. This initiative calls for community involvement and
participation in efforts to educate parents about the dangers of medicine abuse
among teens. If the legislation passes, this designation would mark the second National
Medicine Abuse Awareness Month.
"Consumers have trusted the makers of over-the-counter medications with the
health of their families for many years," said CHPA President Linda Suydam.
"National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month presents a timely opportunity to build
community awareness and alert parents and teens that abusing medicine to get
'high' is very dangerous."
In recognition of this designation, CHPA and CADCA announced that the
organizations will host town hall meetings nationwide with local anti-drug
abuse advocates, substance abuse treatment experts, healthcare professionals,
and policy makers. The town hall format will allow community residents to join
the discussion and pose questions to the panelists.
"While surveys show that overall illicit drug use among youth is on a downward
trend, unfortunately the rates of over-the-counter and prescription drug use are
holding steady," said General Arthur Dean, CADCA chairman and CEO. "Designating
August as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month will help bring this issue to
the radar screen."
CHPA and CADCA have scheduled town hall meetings in August in Seattle,
Washington; San Antonio, Texas; and Miami, Florida. Since August 2007, the
organizations have hosted a total of 13 town hall meetings nationwide.
Localities interested in hosting their own town hall meetings may access
materials via DoseofPrevention.org.
For more information about all of CHPA's activities to help curb cough medicine
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OTCsafety.org and FiveMoms.com
meet mommy bloggers
CHPA was a sponsor of the
sold-out BlogHer08 conference July 18-19 in San Francisco, California. The
association presented information from OTCsafety.org on the safe use of OTCs
and from FiveMoms.com on the abuse of OTC cough medicines at this annual
gathering of influential bloggers. This year’s conference was BlogHer’s
fourth and featured its largest audience to-date: 1,000 bloggers who focus on
a number of issues, including parenting and health.
||CHPA's Katie Bissell (left)explains to a conference attendee that the
goal of OTCsafety.org is to
families safely and effectively use OTC medicines.
Five Mom Hilda Morales attended the conference to give bloggers her
first-hand perspective on the word-of-mouth CHPA campaign to raise awareness
about teen cough medicine abuse. OTCsafety.org also was represented, to
ensure the blogger community was aware of the web site and its resources.
Five Mom Hilda Morales (far left)
explains the importance of parents
speaking openly and honestly with their children about the dangers
of abusing cough medicine during an interview at BlogHer08.
the online home of the CHPA Educational Foundation and is devoted to
providing consumers with information on the safe and effective use of OTCs.
FiveMoms.com is the newly revamped web
site of the Five Moms Campaign to stop teen cough medicine abuse. In the 14
months since its launch, Five Moms.com has reached over 2.5 million parents.
CHPA contacts: Mimi Pappas and
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FDA announces new compliance
guide on nutrient content claims
FDA issued a notice
in the July 18 Federal Register announcing the availability of a new
small entity compliance guide entitled
Labeling; Nutrient Content Claims: Definition for "High Potency" and Definition
for Use in Nutrient Content Claims for Dietary Supplements and Conventional
Foods. The document explains the requirements of a final rule FDA
published in September 1997 that amended agency regulations to define the term
"high potency" as a nutrient content claim, to define nutrient content claims using
the term "antioxidant," and to correct an omission regarding the use of
"sugar free" claims on dietary supplements.
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Pharmaceutical quality issues
take center stage at FDA/industry workshop
If you have an interest in pharmaceutical quality issues, you will not want to
miss this year's FDA/industry summer workshop. Scheduled for August 4 in
Chicago, Illinois, the workshop will explore the latest developments concerning
quality initiatives for pharmaceuticals and compliance implications, and will
examine possibilities for the future.
Specific topics to be explored at the workshop include quality by design, drug
quality system implementation, new process validation, knowledge management,
contract manufacturing, starting material supply chain, and compliance trends
and analysis. A case study also will be presented on process risk assessment.
In addition, FDA officials from the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's
Office of Compliance and the Office of Regulatory Affairs will provide updates
on recent agency activities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Craig Burton also will be on hand to talk about some of the recent U.S. activities to help
ensure the safety of imported products.
There is only one workshop this summer. Don't miss the
chance to interact face-to-face with agency officials and industry experts. More
information and registration materials are available
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opportunities at CHPA's Market Exchange
CHPA's 2008 Market Exchange is fast
approaching. Set for September 17-18 in New Jersey, this valuable networking event
will give Active and Associate
members the chance to learn more about each other and to explore potential
Appointment schedules for Market Exchange will be sent to all
registrants and company primary contacts August 15. Table hosts also will be
receiving Market Exchange guidelines in the near future. The guidelines contain important
details about meeting materials and signage, shipping dates and
instructions, and audio and visual ordering information.
Sponsors make it all possible
CHPA is very grateful to all of the companies that have signed on as
sponsors for this year's Market Exchange. It is the generosity of others that
will help make this event a true success.
2008 Market Exchange Sponsors
CHPA contact for appointments and sponsorships:
All other inquiries, contact: Kass
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CHPA cosponsors the 2008 Joint Industry Unsaleables Management Conference
CHPA is again
serving as a cosponsor of the annual
Joint Industry Unsaleables Management Conference.
Produced by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the 2008 conference
will be held September 22-23 in St.
Additional cosponsors include the Food Marketing Institute, the National
Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Grocers Association, and the
Package Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
The purpose of the two-day conference is to bring manufacturing and retail
professionals from around the country together to discuss some of the practical
tools that may be used to help reduce the incidence of unsalebles. Highlights of the
meeting will include an
in-depth analysis of the 2008 Joint Industry Unsaleables Study, a series of
informative breakout sessions, and the opportunity to schedule face-to-face
meetings with retailers.
The unsaleables conference is a tremendous
educational opportunity for professionals involved in all aspects of
operations, logistics, sales, merchandising, marketing, and product
Registration discounts available to CHPA
CHPA members are encouraged to register for the unsaleables conference by August
1 to receive a $200 discount. After August 1, the fee will be $945. Group
discounts also are available to companies that register three or more
registration, and hotel information for the conference is available
Questions should be directed to GMA's
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Join global industry
colleagues at WSMI symposia in Beijing
With a rapidly growing and changing OTC market, you will
want to be sure you are represented at the World Self-Medication Industry (WSMI)
Symposium on Self-Care in Healthcare Systems and an International Federation of
Pharmacists-WSMI Symposium on Medicines–Traditional, Alternative, and
Complementary, in Beijing, China, November 6-9. The meetings are being hosted by
WSMI and partners in conjunction with a World Health Organization Congress on
Traditional Medicine. All of these events will bring together themes of
emerging importance to patient and consumer health, and provide a great
opportunity to visit a country of ever-increasing international importance.
Attendees of the WSMI symposia may wish to visit the newly-completed
National Stadium, known as the "Bird's Nest," which will serve as the venue for
the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
The WSMI symposium will focus on the general importance of
self-care, the specific role of self-medication, and ultimately the central
role of consumer and patient education and information. In addition to a stellar
line-up of speakers, attendees will have plenty of opportunities to speak with
potential local business partners about ideas for the China marketplace.
Information on where and how to register for the WSMI symposia is available
through WSMI's web site.
Additional details on the World Health Organization events surrounding the WSMI
meeting are available
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CHPA's New Media Summit
moves to November 17 in
New Brunswick, New Jersey
|The date has changed for
CHPA's New Media Summit. This members-only event will now be held
November 17 at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick in New Brunswick, New
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|This summit will explore the latest modes of communications
and how they can be used to reach various
audiences. Additional program details will follow in the
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CHPA travels to the Big Easy
to promote medicine abuse awareness
exhibitor at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ 34th Annual
Legislative Summit, CHPA interacted with state legislators, policy staff, and
key opinion leaders who traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, July 23-25 to
explore, learn about, and outline key legislative initiatives for their
respective states. CHPA focused its exhibiting on cough medicine abuse
awareness, an issue that piqued the interest of the majority of those passing by
the exhibiting booth. While many were aware of the problem, they were unaware of
the many resources CHPA has to offer for their constituencies.
Captain Donna Jones, Drug Demand Reduction Counterdrug
Task Force, Louisiana National Guard (left), joins CHPA's
Elizabeth Funderburk at CHPA's exhibit booth.
year’s meeting boasted a group of over 6000 attendees, and the association was
pleased to take advantage of this opportunity to speak with policy makers and
promote industry’s efforts to raise awareness about medicine abuse.
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CHPA, other associations,
provide input on Proposition 65 Labor Code Mechanism Regulatory Concept
CHPA, as part of a coalition, submitted
comments July 17 to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
(OEHHA) in response to a
information on the Proposition 65 Labor Code Mechanism Regulatory Concept. OEHHA is
considering adopting a regulation that would clarify the process it uses to
determine whether a chemical or substance has been identified by reference to
Labor Code provisions. The proposed regulation would lead to the automatic
listing of chemicals included in certain referenced Labor Code lists. There are currently no regulations on the
mechanism for listing chemicals.
In its submission, the coalition stated that while it applauds OEHHA's efforts
to review and update Proposition 65's implementing regulations, it cannot
support the conceptual regulation set forth in the proposal. First, the group
argued that OEHHA's proposed concept is based on a fundamental misreading of the
statute―the belief that a section in the statute
mandates an automatic listing of chemicals without any requirement for public
input or opportunity for OEHHA to consult with California's qualified experts on
scientific issues before a listing decision is made.
Second, the coalition said that the proposed new listing process is unnecessary.
Any chemical that could be listed under the Labor Code mechanism can be managed efficiently through the
authoritative bodies mechanism, which imposes a limited burden on OEHHA.
Finally, the group opined that even if OEHHA had the authority to adopt a
regulation that expressly eliminates any possibility for consultation with the
state's scientific experts during the listing process, such a policy would
contradict OEHHA's usually robust scientific review procedures.
Other members of the coalition include the Grocery Manufacturers Association,
the Personal Care Products Council, the American Beverage Association, the
National Coffee Association, and the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
CHPA contacts: Alison Manhoff and
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The Nielsen Company teams up
with Wolters Kluwer on new healthcare alliance
CHPA Associate members The Nielsen Company and Wolters Kluwer Health issued a
joint press release
July 22 announcing that the two organizations have partnered to form the
Healthcare Consumer Informatics Alliance. The alliance is designed to provide
manufacturers and media companies with a better understanding of consumer
behaviors and attitudes toward prescription drugs, OTC medicines, and other
The organizations also announced the launch of the alliance's HealthScape™
platform. HealthScape™ integrates Nielsen’s consumer OTC and CPG purchasing and
behavioral data with Wolters Kluwer Health’s deidentified patient longitudinal and
transactional data to provide new insight and metrics to healthcare marketers.
Additional information on the Healthcare Consumer Informatics Alliance and
HealthScape™ is available
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Procter & Gamble rings the
NYSE opening bell
The Procter & Gamble Company's Clayton Daley, Jr., vice chairman and chief
financial officer, and Charles Bergh, P&G group president, Global Personal Care,
rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) July 11. Procter &
Gamble visited NYSE to celebrate one of its brands being entered into the
company's Billion Dollar Brand Club and the launch of new products.
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FDLI offers revised edition of
The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) is now offering a revised edition of one
of its best selling publications, A Practical Guide to Food and Drug Law
Regulation 3rd Edition. This latest edition of A Practical Guide
includes Food and Drug Act Amendments and other new laws passed by the U.S.
Congress since 2002. It also includes new chapters on such topics as combination
products and pharmacovigilance. Additional information on this publication is
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