Carglumic acid in hyperammonaemia due to organic acidurias: a profile of its use in the EU

  • Hannah A. Blair
Adis Drug Q&A


Carglumic acid (N-carbamylglutamate; Carbaglu®), a structural analog of N-acetylglutamate, is an effective and generally well-tolerated option for the treatment of hyperammonaemia due to propionic, methylmalonic and isovaleric acidurias. These organic acidurias are linked to a group of autosomal recessive inherited disorders that are associated with secondary hyperammonaemia due to the inhibition of the urea cycle. Carglumic acid can be administered orally or through a nasogastric tube. In retrospective, observational studies and case series/reports, carglumic acid rapidly reduced plasma ammonia levels and improved clinical symptoms of hyperammonaemia. Carglumic acid is generally well tolerated, and, based on limited data, may be associated with fewer treatment-emergent adverse events when used in combination with ammonia scavengers than when either therapy is administered alone.



The manuscript was reviewed by: A. Chakrapani, Metabolic Medicine Department, Great Ormond Street Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK; S. Yap, Department of Inherited Metabolic Disorders, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK. During the peer review process, Orphan Europe–Recordati Group, the marketing-authorization holder of carglumic acid, was also offered an opportunity to provide a scientific accuracy review of their data. Changes resulting from comments received were made on the basis of scientific and editorial merit.

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

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H A. Blair is an employee of Adis/Springer, is responsible for the article content and declares no conflicts of interest.


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