Update on FDA's new rule - New funding for quitlines
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
We encourage all members to read the FDA rule on warning labels, especially those who are directly involved in funding or operating a quitline. Comment 173 of the Rule notes "While some quitlines may currently have some additional capacity, there will likely be need for additional resources. In the fiscal year 2012 President's Budget, there is $25 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund, allocated for CDC to spend on the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines. Additionally, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is working with the State Medicaid Directors to permit tobacco quitlines as an allowable Medicaid administrative activity.”
In a briefing this morning by FDA and CDC for state tobacco control programs, CDC referred to the above-mentioned comments. Also, both agencies noted a commitment to engage in a series of conference calls and other dialogues to discuss next steps, identify challenges and work on solutions. We will keep you apprised of other developments.
Linda A. Bailey, JD, MHS
President and CEO