Table 1

Patch distribution controls proposed to pharmacy committee and managed care organisation

 1. Authorised prescriptions from classes only
 2. 2 weeks of patches dispensed initially
 3. Refill only with voucher from class
 4. All patches dispensed 2 weeks at a time
 5. Prescriptions valid for 6 months only
 6. Co-pays applied once per month
 7. Once in a lifetime benefit
 1. Daily patches available only through TIS
 2. Patients screened for contraindications and for motivation to quit
 3. All referrals are counselled to quit by TIS
 4. Motivated patients given 4 weeks of patches at discharge
 5. Patients told to follow up with outpatient classes to get voucher for 4 more weeks
  • TIS, Tobacco intervention service.