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Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
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General Health Channel
Reported November 27, 2013

New Meds—New Hope for IBD

SAN DIEGO, Cali. (Ivanhoe Newswire) –1.4 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases –like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Constant diarrhea, abdominal pain, and intestinal bleeding are just some of the symptoms these patients endure. Now, there’s a new therapy for people who have tried everything.

A year ago, Megan Johnson would never have been able to enjoy a beautiful day.

“I was wheelchair-bound,” Megan told Ivanhoe.

Megan has ulcerative colitis. This 29-year-old suffered from constant diarrhea, bleeding, malnutrition, and severe pain. 

“I just said if this is my life, I don’t want it. It’s too miserable,” Megan said.

When doctors suggested removing her intestines –Megan found UCSD Gastroenterologist William Sandborn. 

“It’s always surprising to me how much inflammatory bowel disease can impact a patient’s life,” William Sandborn, MD, Chief of Division of Gastroenterology, University of California, San Diego, Director of UC San Diego Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, told Ivanhoe.

In inflammatory bowel disease, immune cells travel to the colon and make chemicals that cause inflammation. Most treatments target the chemicals after they attack, but a new therapy, called Vedolizumab, stops cells before they attack.

“It really acts to stop the diseases before they even start,” Dr. Sandborn said.

In a clinical trial, patients who had infusions of Vedolizumab every four or eight weeks went into remission.

“I can’t even remember the last time I felt this good,” Megan said.

Megan is excited about this new option. She knows every day without pain is a good day.

The new drug was tested in patients with both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. It could be approved and available for use in 2014. Another benefit is the therapy is targeted, so side effects—like weight gain, nausea, and headaches—are less common.  MORE.

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If this story or any other Ivanhoe story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Marjorie Bekaert Thomas,


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