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Open Access Rapid assessment of the demand and supply of tobacco dependence pharmacotherapy in Uganda

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Tobacco dependence pharmacotherapy (TDP) plays a major role in smoking cessation. We conducted a rapid assessment of current smoking, availability of TDP and the willingness to quit and to pay for TDP among 56 patients with tobacco-attributable diseases and 38 pharmacies in Uganda. Of the 56 patients, 63% were current smokers, 77.4% wanted to quit and 37% were willing to pay. Drugs were largely unavailable: nicotine replacement products were available in only seven pharmacies (18%) and bupropion in three (8%); these cost respectively US$15.7 and US$17.1 for a 1-month supply. Improving supplies and lowering prices could facilitate access to TDP in Uganda.
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Keywords: Uganda; pharmacotherapy; tobacco dependence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda, Lung Institute, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda 2: Lung Institute, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda, Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK 3: Lung Institute, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda 4: International Primary Care Respiratory Group, Edinburgh, UK

Publication date: 21 March 2016

This article was made available online on 17 February 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "Rapid assessment of the demand and supply of tobacco dependence pharmacotherapy in Uganda".

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