Here's what I could find about
adacolumn regarding where they are with their research:www.otsuka-us.com/images/pipeline%20chart%204-17-08.jpg
It seems it is already an approved treatment in Europe and Japan, so I guess we'll start soon (I hope). It seems that John Hopkins is conducting an adacolumn clinical trial for crohn's right now - maybe this is the pivotal studies or whatever.
Though, a posting on the UC healingwell board makes me think that adolumn is just not going to be available here in the US, because it didn't do so well in clinical trials: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=1592262
It seems that we shouldn't be limiting treatment options for chronic illnesses, especially if they don't really have serious side effects - we should let people try it, and it if it helps, they should be given that option. That's my thinking anyway.
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