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CHPA Eyes Spanning Self-Care Space With Bridge To Device Sector

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Many CHPA members also market medical devices "and the consumer side of medical devices is something they feel is underrepresented by other trade associations,” says trade group head Scott Melville. OTC drugs already have “a lot in common” with consumer medical devices, including that paying for neither typically is included in health insurance plans.

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