FDA commissioner Hamburg to be keynote speaker at CHPA conference

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration’s chief executive, commissioner Margaret Hamburg, will provide the keynote address at the Consumer Healthcare Product Association’s 2010 Annual Executive Conference in March, the association announced through its newsletter Friday.

Since being sworn in as commissioner in May 2009, Hamburg has focused on restoring trust in FDA. Under her direction, the agency launched its Safe Use Initiative, has been working to improve accountability and transparency of the agency’s activities and decisionmaking processes and has stepped-up the agency’s enforcement activity.

In addition to hearing from FDA's top official, attendees at the March 12 IRI session will be given an update on the association’s direction from CHPA chair Chris DeWolf, Lil’ Drug Store Products and CHPA president Linda Suydam.

A presentation on the intersection of healthcare reform and the retail environment also is planned.

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