OBETICHOLIC ACID TABLETS 10MG MANUFACTURERS SUPPLIERS - THIRD PARTY CONTRACT MANUFACTURING
COMPOSITION:OBETICHOLIC ACID TABLETS 10MG TABLETS
Obeticholic acid (OCA) is a synthetically modified bile acid and potent agonist of the farnesoid X nuclear receptor (FXR) that is used to treat liver diseases including primary biliary cholangitis. Obeticholic acid has been shown to improve serum enzymes in several diseases including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and primary biliary cholangitis.
Mechanism of Action
Primary biliary cirrhosis is an autoimmune process by which the bile ducts and liver are damaged progressively, leading to fibrosis and cirrhosis. Bile acids increase the risk of damage and fibrosis to the damaged bile ducts. Obeticholic acid is a potent agonist of the farnesoid X receptor, which serves to regulate the hepatic metabolism of bile and cholesterol. This drug acts by binding to the farnesoid X receptor (FXR), found in the nucleus of liver and intestinal cells, which in turn increases liver bile flow, suppressing its production and decreasing hepatocyte exposure to excess levels of bile with cholestasis. Cholestasis is a process that normally causes inflammation and cirrhosis of the liver.
The activation of the farnesoid X receptor FXR by obeticholic acid acts to reduce the synthesis of bile acids, inflammation, and the resulting hepatic fibrosis.
Obeticholic acid is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. The Cmax of obeticholic acid occurs at approximately 1.5 hours after an oral dose and ranges from 28.8-53.7 ng/mL at doses of 5-10mg. The median Tmax for both the conjugates of obeticholic acid is about 10 hours. One product monograph reports a Tmax of 4.5h for both 5 and 10mg doses. The AUC ranged from 236.6-568.1 ng/h/mL with 5mg to 10 mg doses.
Volume of distribution
The volume of distribution of obeticholic acid is 618 L.
Obeticholic acid and its metabolic conjugates are >99% plasma protein-bound.
The metabolism of obeticholic acid occurs in the liver. Obeticholic acid is conjugated with glycine or taurine, followed by secretion into bile. The conjugates are then absorbed in the small intestine and then re-enter the liver via enterohepatic circulation. The intestinal microbiota in the ileum converts conjugated obeticholic acid in a deconjugated form that may be either reabsorbed or eliminated. Glycine conjugates account for 13.8% of the metabolites and taurine conjugates account for 12.3%. Another metabolite, 3-glucuronide, may also be formed but displays little pharmacological activity.
Route of elimination
About 87% of an orally administered dose is accounted for in the feces. Less than 3% of the dose can be recovered in the urine.
The biological half-life of obeticholic acid is reported to be 24 hours.
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