Posted by: audreybenenati | February 19, 2010

Groups Urge FDA To Relax Restrictions On Nicotine Patches

FEBRUARY 11, 2010, 3:40 P.M. ET

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–Two smoking-cessation groups are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to relax restrictions on nicotine patches, lozenges and gums amid concerns the agency’s regulations go too far and make it harder for people to quit smoking.

The groups say nicotine-replacement therapies such as GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s (GSK) Nicoderm CQ and Nicorette gum should be available everywhere cigarettes are sold, so people who want to quit can find the products easily without having to go to a pharmacy. They also want the FDA to tone down warnings on the products that say they shouldn’t be used when people continue.

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