England could be the first country in the world to prescribe medicinally licensed e-cigarettes to help reduce smoking rates.
- Medical regulator to work with manufacturers to assess safety and effectiveness of products
- Move supports government ambition for England to be smoke-free by 2030 and to reduce stark health disparities in smoking rates
E-cigarettes could be prescribed on the NHS in England to help people stop smoking tobacco products, as Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid welcomed the latest step forward in the licensing process for manufacturers.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is publishing updated guidance that paves the way for medicinally licensed e-cigarette products to be prescribed for tobacco smokers who wish to quit smoking.
Manufacturers can approach the MHRA to submit their products to go through the same regulatory approvals process as other medicines available on the health service.
This could mean England becomes the first country in the world to prescribe e-cigarettes licensed as a medical product.