fda blue 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (4/1/13) – When nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products were first marketed almost 30 years ago to help people stop smoking, there wasn't a lot of data available on how long consumers could safely use them, and whether they could be used in combination with other NRTs or continued smoking.
 
That has changed in the intervening years as researchers conducted studies and clinical trials.
 
Now, the Food and Drug Administration—after reviewing scientific research on the safety of NRT products sold over the counter (OTC)—has decided that some warnings and limitations specified in the directions for use on the labels of these products are no longer necessary to make sure they are used safely and effectively to quit smoking.
 
The changes that FDA is allowing to these labels reflect the fact that although any nicotine-containing product is potentially addictive, decades of research and use have shown that NRT products sold OTC do not appear to have significant potential for abuse or dependence.
 
The changes being recommended by FDA include a removal of the warning that consumers should not use an NRT product if they are still smoking, chewing tobacco, using snuff or any other product that contains nicotine—including another NRT.
 
NRTs are FDA-approved for adults ages 18 and over who want to quit smoking. Smokers' dependence on nicotine prevents many who try to quit from being successful, and these products supply controlled amounts of nicotine to ease withdrawal symptoms.
 
"The agency heard from several public health groups that the labeling for OTC NRT products may stop consumers who are trying to quit smoking from using them," says FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. "FDA hopes the recommended changes will allow more people to use these products effectively for smoking cessation and that tobacco dependence will decline in this country."

SurfKY News
Information provided by the FDA
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

State Registered Nurse Aide Pinning Ceremony at HCHS

HENDERSON, Ky. (5/3/15) — A pinning ceremony was held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Henderson County High School… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 28, 2015 4094

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 3438

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3300

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 2853

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 2741

Family Says 'Goodbye' to Dog After It Allegedly…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15389

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 8436

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 03, 2015 1089

Two Injured During Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 02, 2015 582

Baptist Health Hosts Annual ‘Bike Safety Day’

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 516

Faith Baptist Hosts Family Fun Day

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 516

Dave Says - May 3, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
May 02, 2015 454

Conquering the clutter: Cleanliness with kids is…

by SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 368

Legislator's Log - Week of May 3, 2015

by Brent Yonts
May 03, 2015 324

2015 Correctional Employees' Week Celebrated…

by Michael Caudill
May 03, 2015 317

Outdoor Truths – May 3, 2015

by Gary Miller
May 03, 2015 292

Keeping the Faith - 'You Are Stuck With You'

by Ronnie McBrayer
May 03, 2015 198

State Registered Nurse Aide Pinning Ceremony at…

by HCS Publication Team