Karl Olav Fagerstrom

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Karl Olav Fagerstrom was a psychologist who developed a widely used scale to measure nicotine dependence.


The Fagerstrom test is a test for nicotine dependence. Karl Olav Fagerstrom, of Sweden's Pharmacia AB, spoke to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Drug Abuse Advisory Committee for the company's nicotine nasal spray (July/August 1994 (DJ 8/1/94). See Fagerstrom, K.O., et. al., Nicotine addiction and its assessment, Ear, Nose and Throat J. 69(11): 763-767, 1992.

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