Non-nicotine anti-smoking pill gains federal approval in USA

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Non-nicotine anti-smoking pill gains federal approval in USA

Associated Press, May 11, 2006

WASHINGTON -- A tablet shown to help more than one in five smokers quit joined the limited number of effective stop-smoking drugs on Thursday, approved by federal regulators.

When varenicline goes on sale later this year, it will become the first new prescription drug for smoking cessation approved by the Food and Drug Administration in nearly a decade and only the second stop-smoking drug that is nicotine-free, according to Pfizer Inc.

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