The department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine needs women who suffer from urinary incontinence who are interested in being part of a clinical drug trial.

The new six-week trial will be a continuation of an ongoing study to evaluate a new drug for people with bladder-control problems. The drug is widely used in Europe and is soon to be introduced commercially in the United States.Urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine from the bladder, affects about 10 million Americans, with nearly twice as many women as men. Incontinence is often the main reason for placing an aged person in nursing homes.

But exact numbers are hard to obtain because less than 10 percent of people suffering from the condition seek help because of the embarrassment associated with it.

Specialists agree the problem is not one of normal aging and that most cases can be cured or treated, said Dr. Peggy A. Norton, assistant professor and an incontinence specialist. She coordinates a U. program to provide bladder studies for patients for referring physicians in the Mountain West.

To be eligible for the study, women must be over 18, in general good health and experience urinary incontinence more than four times a week.

Women selected to participate must make weekly visits to University Hospital. At the end of the trial, the women will receive monetary compensation, plus access to free medication until the trial drug is marketed.

For more information on the study, call Jan Baker, 581-5478.