Journal article

Pharmacological treatment of irritable bowel syndrome--from concept to sales.

Michael A Kamm

Eur J Surg Suppl | Published : 2002


Functional gastrointestinal disorders are characterised by central and peripheral physiological changes, associated with psychological factors. Successful drug development has been hindered by lack of adequate characterisation of the nature of symptoms and their physiological and psychological correlates. Animal models of chronic stress are lacking. High levels of drug safety are now demanded for treating non-life threatening conditions. Once close to market, patient pressure groups, health care providers and insurers, government, and the internet can all influence a drug's success. Serotonin-modifying drugs have been the main recent focus of development, with mixed results. Cisapride has be..

View full abstract