vedolizumab a new biologic (a different type of biologic than remicade, humira, and cimzia), is apparently now in phase III clinical trials for crohn's and ulcerative colitis the next 2 years. Apparently they have high hopes for this one, because is it works, according to takeda, the manufacturer, "Unlike existing IBD therapies, the unique gut-selective targeting of vedolizumab has the potential to benefit IBD patients without compromising systemic immune function."
Is anyone on this board participating in this trial? If you aren't finding much improvement from existing therapies, perhaps you can ask your GI about this trial.
I can't wait for more drugs to become available for crohn's and UC. I hope this drug will be great, and will be on the market within the next 4 years.
If anyone has more information, please add to this thread.
Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Canasa, Lialda, Remicade, VSL#3, Florastor
In Remission since June 2008
Stopped vancomycin for c-diff Jan 1 2009
C-diff free, until Sep 2, 2009
Fighting c-diff, I guess for life