Primary biliary cholangitis: Old and novel therapy

Published: 29 June 2017
Author(s): Annarosa Floreani, Chiara Mangini
Issue: June 2017

Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), formerly called primary biliary cirrhosis, is a chronic cholestatic liver disease that progresses slowly to end-stage liver disease. The first Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatment for PBC was ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA). This treatment slows the progress of the disease, but approximatively 30–40% of patients fail to respond to UDCA. A number of options are under investigation as second line treatment. Obeticholic acid (OCA), a Farnesoid X Receptor agonist, has been approved in May 2017 by FDA for patients non responders or intolerant to UDCA.