By Amy Norton
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may help some people who have inflammatory bowel disease that has failed to respond to current medications, two new clinical trials find.
The drug, called vedolizumab, is being developed to treat the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) -- ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Both arise when the immune system launches an abnormal attack on the lining of the digestive tract, leading to chronic inflammation and symptoms such as abdominal cramps, diarrhea and rectal bleeding.
In the new trials, reported in the Aug. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that vedolizumab worked in some cases where standard IBD medications had failed.
The drug was more effective for colitis than for Crohn's, however, and an expert not involved in the studies said he suspects vedolizumab might be approved for colitis first.
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