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Release: April 7, 2003

UI Rheumatology Study Seeks Participants

Men and women ages 18 to 80 are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study. Individuals must have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee and have pain from this for six or more months.

Participation in the study will last approximately 13 weeks. This study will compare an inactive substance (placebo) to Celebrex or an opiod-like drug, Tramadol. Participants will be required to return to UI Hospitals and Clinics a total of nine times during the study. Compensation is available.

For more information, contact Teresa Benda at (319) 384-5722 or or Barbara Shafer at (319) 384-5762 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Becky Soglin, (319) 335-6660,
Prospective Study Participants: Teresa Benda, (319) 384-5722, or Barbara Shafer, (319) 384-5762,