Cholbam Approved for Rare Metabolic Disorders

March 18, 2015 6:00 PM

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WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholbam (cholic acid) capsules have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults and children with bile acid synthesis disorders and peroxisomal disorders, the agency said in a news release.

People with these rare disorders lack enzymes to process cholic acid, normally made by the liver from cholesterol. This leads to reduced bile flow, potentially poisonous buildup of bile acid products in the liver and less absorption of fats and vitamins. Left untreated, the disorders could cause dea...

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