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NeurogesX Presents Two Posters at 61st Annual American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting
Date:4/29/2009

NeurogesX submitted a new drug application (NDA) for Qutenza for the treatment of neuropatic pain associated with PHN to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2008. Recently, a marketing authorization application (MAA) for Qutenza received a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommending approval for peripheral neuropathic pain in non-diabetic adults either alone or in combination with other medicinal products for pain. NeurogesX is currently awaiting the European Commission's decision on the CHMP's opinion.

"Impact of Postherpetic Neuralgia and Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy on Health Care Costs," presented by Christopher J. Panarites, Ph.D. of NeurogesX, identified patterns of health care utilization and costs among PHN and painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) patients, as well as matched controls. Dr. Panarites and colleagues analyzed a large managed care claims database for the calendar years 2005 and 2006. Results indicated that total annual post-diagnosis costs for PHN and PDN patients averaged $14,535 and $40,705, respectively. In addition, PHN and PDN cases had significantly higher costs compared with matched controls for total costs, costs for outpatient/professional services and pharmacy costs (p less than or equal to 0.002 for all comparisons). Inpatient costs did not significantly differ between PHN and PDN cases and matched controls.

About Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is a type of chronic pain that results from injury to, or dysfunction of, nerves in the central or peripheral nervous systems. Peripheral neuropathic pain is an inappropriate sensation of pain that results when injured or dysfunctional nerve endings send aberrant pain signals to the brain, in the absence of harmful stimuli. It can result from viruses, in cases of PHN and painful HIV-distal sensory polyneuropathy (HIV-DSP), or diseases, such as dia
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