Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a disease characterized by autoimmune destruction of small bile ducts, thereby preventing bile mobilization and increasing hepatic bile content. These symptoms lead to progressive liver damage and drive morbidity and mortality in PBC patients. The goals of treatment for PBC are to halt or slow progression of liver disease, reduce the need for liver transplantation, lower the risk of mortality, and alleviate symptoms (e.g., fatigue, itch). Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) is the cornerstone of PBC treatment, and Intercept’s Ocaliva is an option for patients who respond inadequately to UDCA. Although these drugs improve outcomes, they do not address the underlying autoimmune defect or meaningfully improve symptoms associated with PBC. As a result, most PBC patients are also concurrently prescribed symptomatic treatments.
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