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NeurogesX Receives European Commission Approval for Qutenza(TM)
Date:5/21/2009

ent efforts by the NeurogesX team and represents a validation both of our people and of Qutenza. This also signifies our transition to a commercial enterprise. Although we expect to commercialize Qutenza in the EU with a commercial partner, we have been preparing for this day for quite some time. We anticipate completing our discussions with a European commercial partner in the next few months and believe that a launch of Qutenza in the EU could take place early next year."

Dr. Jeffrey Tobias, Chief Medical Officer, noted, "NeurogesX is proud to be able to provide this new treatment option for non-diabetic patients with peripherial neuropathic pain. These patients will now have access to a non-systemic treatment delivered directly to the site of pain that can produce up to three months of pain relief following a single 30- or 60-minute application."

In October 2008, the Company submitted a new drug application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting marketing approval of Qutenza for the management of pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). In December 2008, the NDA was accepted by the FDA for review, resulting in a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date of August 16, 2009.

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 postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) and painful HIV-distal sensory polyneuropathy (HIV-DSP), or diseases, such as diabetes.

An estimated 8% of the world's population and an estimated 3.0 million people in Europe suffer from neuropathic pain. The market for neuropathic pain is quic
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