June 29, 2020 / 11:09 AM / 13 days ago

U.S. FDA declines to approve first drug for obesity-linked liver disease

June 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday declined to approve Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc's therapy for a progressive liver disease, creating a setback for a possible treatment in the country for the condition that affects millions. (reut.rs/2ZhKnbP)

The therapy, chemically known as obeticholic acid, is designed to improve fibrosis, or the build up of scar tissue in the liver caused by non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, a chronic disease related to obesity. (Reporting by Saumya Sibi Joseph and Trisha Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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