Consumer Healthcare Products Association

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The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is an American trade association consisting of manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements.


The CHPA has approximately 84 active members and 133 associate members. The active members are companies that manufacture or distribute Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and nutritional supplements. Associate members are companies that provide goods and services to the active members (e.g., suppliers, lawyers, etc.).


The CHPA provides an opportunity for members to share information about the science of OTC drugs. It also has an educational foundation that promotes consumer education about the dangers of drug abuse.[1]

The CHPA also engages in lobbying and public relations activities on behalf of its members.[2]


The CHPA was founded in 1881 as the Proprietary Association. It changed its name to the Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Association in 1989. In 1998, nutritional supplement manufacturers and distributors were allowed to join the association, and its name was changed to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association the next year.


  1. ^ See, e.g., "Drug Industry Backs E-Tracking of Pseudoephedrine Products", Supermarket News, Apr. 13, 2010, "Leading Makers of OTC Medicines Join With the National Association of School Nurses in New Effort to Prevent Teen Medicine Abuse", Marketwire, Apr. 13, 2010
  2. ^ See, e.g., Michael Johnsen, "Senatorial caucus to discuss prescription-only status of PSE", Drug Store News, Apr. 9, 2010

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