NEW YORK (AP) _ Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. is running the first U.S.
clinical study in which patients participate from home via the
Internet, rather than repeatedly visiting a participating hospital.
The study is a pilot project, approved by the Food and Drug
Administration, to see if such “virtual” clinical studies can
produce the same results as traditional ones that require patients
to live near and regularly visit a hospital or clinic for checkups.
Pfizer’s study will test the effectiveness of its pill for
overactive bladder. The drug, Detrol, goes off patent next year.
About 600 patients in 10 states will fill out questionnaires to
enroll over the Internet, have Detrol or dummy pills mailed to
them, then submit information online about changes in their
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