NEW YORK — CVS Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Bayer Consumer Health + BrightGuard were the big winners at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation gala held at the Plaza Hotel here earlier this month.
The CHPA’s annual gala celebrates the foundation’s mission of happier, healthier lives through responsible self-care and serves as its main fundraising event.
The gala highlighted the foundation’s important work and achievements over the past year to educate consumers about safe use, storage and disposal of over-the-counter medicines, with initiatives such as the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition’s Know Your Dose campaign and the Up and Away campaign, led by the CDC and its PROTECT Initiative. Dr. Dan Budnitz, director of the CDC Medication Safety Program, was the keynote speaker.
CVS Health took home the Distinguished Industry Partner of the Year Award for championing the important issue of safe medicine storage. In June, CVS Health partnered with the foundation during National Safety Month to remind customers across 8,000 of its stores about the importance of putting medicines “up, away, and out of sight and reach of young children.”
“The gala is always such a great event to highlight the good work of the foundation, and we are thrilled to see participation continue to grow each year,” said Stephen Neumann, CHPA Educational Foundation chair and vice president of consumer insights and business intelligence at Bayer Consumer Health, who was also one of the hosts for the event.
The CDC Medication Safety Program was given the Outstanding Community Partner of the Year Award, and Bayer Consumer Health’s Coppertone + BrightGuard Partnership won the Industry Leadership Award for Advancing Responsible Self-Care.