Persistent use of nicotine replacement therapy: an analysis of actual purchase patterns in a population based sample.

@article{Shiffman2003PersistentUO,
  title={Persistent use of nicotine replacement therapy: an analysis of actual purchase patterns in a population based sample.},
  author={Saul Shiffman and J R Hughes and Janine L Pillitteri and Steven L Burton},
  journal={Tobacco control},
  year={2003},
  volume={12 3},
  pages={310-6}
}
BACKGROUND In 1996, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved switching nicotine gum and patch from prescription to over-the-counter (OTC) status. Some expressed concerns that broader availability and lack of physician control might increase persistent use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)-that is, use beyond the period specified by the FDA approved label. OBJECTIVE To estimate the incidence of persistent use of OTC nicotine gum and patch for periods of > 3 months, > or = 6… CONTINUE READING
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