Smokers can now access proven combination therapy with addition of
NICORETTE® Patch to Quebec Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan
MONTREAL, Dec. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec residents seeking to quit
smoking now have greater access to the support they need, as the Régie
de l'assurance maladie Quebec (RAMQ) has announced the decision to list
the NICORETTE® Patch for reimbursement. Now Quebecers, aged 18 and
over, can use NICORETTE® Gum 2mg in combination with the NICORETTE®
Patch - an approach that is clinically proven to increase the chance of
quitting versus using either alone.1
"Each year, more than 13,000 people in Quebec die prematurely because of
smoking, and an even greater number of people develop life-changing
health conditions,"2 said Martine Robert, a nurse who specializes in tobacco control. "By
adding the NICORETTE® Patch to the provincial formulary, the Quebec
government is providing access to clinically proven combination therapy
that can help overcome the cravings that make quitting so difficult."
While NICORETTE® Gum (2mg and 4mg) and the NICODERM® Patch have been
covered by the Quebec government since October 1, 2000, the NICORETTE®
Patch was not previously funded. The NICORETTE® Patch is the only patch
approved for use in combination therapy - a combined approach to
quitting that involves using a patch plus 2 mg gum. Patients are
instructed to wear a NICORETTE® 16 hour Patch that offers controlled
release of nicotine throughout the day in combination with NICORETTE®
Gum 2 mg to help manage tough cravings.
By further combining NICORETTE® products with the psychological support
provided by the ACTIVESTOP™ program - a free, 14 week online program at
www.activestop.ca that breaks down the quitting process into manageable daily steps -
smokers can double their chances of success than going it alone.
"Every smoker is different and may have different needs in a
smoking-cessation treatment. For some, a single form of nicotine
replacement therapy may be enough. For others, having controlled
nicotine release with the NICORETTE® Patch combined with Gum to help
with the tough cravings can mean the difference between relapse and
success," said Martine Robert."By creating access to more funded
treatment options, we are one step closer to a smoke-free Quebec."
Many Canadians want to quit smoking but struggle to become smoke-free. In
fact, a recent Angus Reid Public Opinion survey indicated three-quarter
of smokers (75 per cent) have tried to quit more than once and failed.2 In addition, the majority of smokers from Quebec (66 per cent)
indicated that they smoke more than 16 cigarettes per day3 - that's 112 cigarettes, or almost five king-size packs, per week.
Quebec residents with questions on whether NICORETTE® is right for them
are encouraged to ask their pharmacist or doctor for advice and always
read the label to see if the product is right for them. To receive the
NICORETTE® Patch or Gum funded through the RAMQ formulary, a prescription is
required. For counseling and support, call 1-866-311-5655.
About McNeil Consumer Healthcare products
NICORETTE® and NICODERM® are marketed and distributed in Canada by McNeil Consumer
Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson Inc. McNeil Consumer
Healthcare markets a broad range of well-known over-the-counter (OTC)
products around the globe.
1 Quebec Lung Association. Your guide to smoking cessation. http://www.pq.lung.ca/services/poumon-9/quit-cesser/. Accessed on November 19, 2010.
2 NICORETTE® Survey. Angus Reid Public Opinion and McNeil Consumer
Healthcare. February 2010.
SOURCE Johnson & Johnson
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