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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday approved the first nicotine patch for sale without a prescription, hoping that more smokers will be induced to quit. Smokers have long called for the approval of nonprescription patches, which send more nicotine through the blood stream than the nicotine gum already available over the counter. The FDA's approval of McNeil Consumer Products' one-dose nicotine patch, Nicotrol, will give the company a marked edge over the competition by allowing its product -->