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FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Ravicti (glycerol phenylbutyrate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat certain urea cycle disorders (UCDs) in people 2 years and older.
These inherited conditions involve a lack of enzymes that help the body remove ammonia from the blood. In people with UCDs, ammonia buildup can lead to coma, brain damage or death, the FDA said Friday in a news release.
Ravicti is a liquid taken three times daily with meals. It's been approved for people whose disorders cannot be managed by a protein-restricted diet or amino acid supplements alone, the agency said.
Ravicti is marketed by Hyperion Therapeutics, based in South San Francisco, Calif.
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