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

21 Mar 2016

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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Respiratory conditions
  • Tobacco Dependence
Type of resource
Peer-reviewed article
Kirenga BJ, Jones R, Muhofa A, Nyakoojo G, Williams S