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Maralixibat: First Approval

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posted on 2021-11-16, 01:59 authored by Matt Shirley


Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Authorship and Conflict of interest During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from comments received were made by the author on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy. Matt Shirley is a salaried employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, and declares no relevant conflicts of interest. All authors contributed to the review and are responsible for the article content.

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Maralixibat (Livmarli™) is an orally-administered, small-molecule ileal bile acid transporter (IBAT) inhibitor being developed by Mirum Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of rare cholestatic liver diseases including Alagille syndrome (ALGS), progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) and biliary atresia. Maralixibat received its first approval on 29 September 2021, in the USA, for use in the treatment of cholestatic pruritus in patients with ALGS 1 year of age and older. Maralixibat is also under regulatory review for ALGS in Europe, and clinical development for cholestatic liver disorders including ALGS in patients under 1 year of age, PFIC and biliary atresia is continuing in several other countries. This article summarises the milestones in the development of maralixibat leading to this first approval for ALGS.

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