for people ages 18-85 (full criteria)
at La Jolla, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



The primary objectives of this study are to evaluate the effect of Obeticholic Acid treatment compared to placebo on 1) histological improvement and 2) liver-related clinical outcomes in patients with non-cirrhotic nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) with liver fibrosis.

Official Title

A Phase 3, Double-Blind, Randomized, Long-Term, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Obeticholic Acid in Subjects With Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis


Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, fatty liver disease, NASH, Fatty Liver, Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Obeticholic Acid


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-85

  1. Histologic evidence of NASH upon central read of a liver biopsy obtained no more than 6 months before Day 1 defined by presence of all 3 key histological features of NASH according to NASH CRN criteria.
  2. Histologic evidence of fibrosis stage 2 or stage 3 as defined by the NASH CRN scoring of fibrosis, or

    Histologic evidence of fibrosis stage 1a or stage 1b if accompanied by ≥1 of the following risk factors:

    • Obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2)
    • Type 2 diabetes diagnosed per 2013 American Diabetes Association criteria
    • ALT >1.5× upper limit of normal (ULN).
  3. For subjects with a historical biopsy, is either not taking or is on stable doses of TZDs/glitazones or vitamin E for 6 months before Day 1.
  4. Stable body weight.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) score >12
  2. ALT ≥10× ULN
  3. HbA1c >9.5%
  4. Total bilirubin >1.5 mg/dL
  5. Evidence of other known forms of known chronic liver disease such as alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, PBC, PSC, autoimmune hepatitis, Wilson disease, iron overload, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, drug-induced liver injury, known or suspected hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  6. History of liver transplant, or current placement on a liver transplant list
  7. Current or history of significant alcohol consumption
  8. Prior or planned ileal resection, or prior or planned bariatric surgery
  9. Histological presence of cirrhosis

    10. History of biliary diversion 11. Known positivity for human immunodeficiency virus infection. 12. Acute cholecystitis or acute biliary obstruction. 13. BMI >45 kg/m2


  • University of California, San Diego
    La Jolla California 92037 United States
  • Scripps Clinic
    La Jolla California 92037 United States
  • Medical Associates Research Group
    San Diego California 92123 United States
  • eStudy Site
    San Diego California 92120 United States
  • Southern California Research Center
    Coronado California 92118 United States
  • TriWest Research Associates, LLC
    El Cajon California 92020 United States
  • GW Research Inc.
    Chula Vista California 91910 United States
  • Precision Research Institute
    Chula Vista California 91910 United States
  • Kaiser Permanente
    San Diego California 92154 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
Intercept Pharmaceuticals
Phase 3 research study
Study Type
About 2480 people participating
Last Updated