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Document And Entity Information (USD $)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2012
Mar. 15, 2013
Entity Registrant Name INTERCEPT PHARMACEUTICALS INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0001270073  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer  
Trading Symbol icpt  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   16,614,165
Document Type 10-K  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2012  
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012  
Entity Well-Known Seasoned Issuer No  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Public Float   $ 232,642,790