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Cost-effectiveness of pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation

Shahab, L; (2011) Cost-effectiveness of pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation. (NHS Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training Briefings 7 ). NHS Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT): London. Green open access

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Abstract

Cost-effectiveness analysis, even with its inherent methodological problems, consistently shows that when smoking cessation interventions are effective they are nvariably also cost-effective. This is largely due to their relative low cost and the big impact that stopping smoking has on health outcomes. This is also the case for pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation, including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Champix). There is evidence that varenicline may be more cost-effective than other pharmacotherapy. Evidence is less conclusive about the relative cost-effectiveness of NRT compared with bupropion. Combination therapy (several forms of NRT, or NRT and bupropion) is also cost-effective compared with brief advice or counselling alone. While it is likely that combination pharmacotherapy, as compared with monopharmacotherapy, is cost-effective it has not yet been directly evaluated. Findings from economic analyses from the UK and elsewhere confirm that smoking cessation interventions, including pharmacotherapy, are among the most cost-effective health care interventions available.

Type: Report
Title: Cost-effectiveness of pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ncsct.co.uk/usr/pub/B7_Cost-effectivene...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2011 National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT)
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Behavioural Science and Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1450785
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