FDA seeks to help more quit smok­ing

The Washington Post - - ECONOMY & BUSINESS -

The Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion said Wed­nes­day that it is con­sid­er­ing mea­sures to speed de­vel­op­ment of prod­ucts that help peo­ple quit smok­ing, in­clud­ing eas­ing re­quire­ments for ap­proval of over-the-counter nico­tine re­place­ment ther­a­pies.

The agency said it is “reeval­u­at­ing and mod­ern­iz­ing” its ap­proach to reg­u­lat­ing such ther­a­pies, which are typ­i­cally sold as gums, patches and lozenges. The new mea­sures could en­able e-cig­a­rette com­pa­nies to get the de­vices ap­proved as med­i­cal prod­ucts, which could open the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing cov­ered by health plans.

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