Critics have been saying for years that big pharma's been pi..., er, throwing away money on relatively unproductive research and development of new drugs.
But a new study shows urine could eventually provide a new revenue stream.
The findings of the clinical trial, which Pfizer helped pay for, are being published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."
Researchers had 99 men between 18 and 64 years old pee in a cup.
Why 99? I have no idea.
All I can think of is the number of bottles of beer on the wall.
Anyway, the test subjects took acetaminophen, aka Johnson & Johnson's Tylenol.
And the clinical trial investigators had the men pee in a cup before they took the painkiller and for six hours afterwards.
They found a compound that comes from bacteria in the gut that presumably is a barometer of how each man metabolizes the Tylenol.
It gets rather complicated, but the researchers think the results could have future implications for figuring out who might respond to which drug.