THURSDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- The drug Carbaglu (carglumic acid) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare genetic disorder called N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS deficiency), which results in elevated blood levels of ammonia, the agency said Thursday.
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The drug's safety and effectiveness were evaluated in 23 people with NAGS. Carbaglu reduced blood ammonia within a day and lowered levels to a normal range within three days, the FDA said.
The drug should only be administered by a doctor with experience in treating metabolic problems, the agency said. The medication is manufactured by Orphan Europe.
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