Magazine article Drug Topics

Quitting Pays Off

Magazine article Drug Topics

Quitting Pays Off

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Getting smokers to quit not only improves their health, it can aid the financial health of the right pharmacists. Those are the ones trained as smoking-cessation specialists under the Reskue program.

Started on a pilot basis in 1992 by the Georgia Pharmacy Association, Reskue has certified 160 pharmacists in California, Georgia. Illinois, and Pennsylvania, as well as Texas. More of the intensive, hands-on training sessions, run by faculty from the University of Maryland and Mercer University pharmacy schools, are scheduled through state pharmacy association for later this year and next, said Karen Kaplan, project director. The effort has been funded by a grant from Ciba-Geigy Corp., maker of the transdermal nicotine patch Habitrol. Sessions total 15 hours of continuing education and typically run from 3 P.M. on a Friday to noon on Sunday.

In addition to training in smoking-cessation counseling, graduates are taught how to market their new skills to employers, community organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and in-pharmacy. "It creates a whole new practice setting for pharmacists," Kaplan said. …

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