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New Drug Application Submitted for Remoxy(TM) (ORADUR(TM)-Based Oxycodone)
Date:6/10/2008

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DURECT Corporation (Nasdaq: DRRX) announced today that a New Drug Application (NDA) for Remoxy(TM) (ORADUR(TM)-based oxycodone) has been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Remoxy, an investigational drug, is a long acting oral formulation of oxycodone intended to treat moderate to severe pain. Based on DURECT's ORADUR technology, Remoxy is designed to resist common methods of prescription drug misuse and abuse.

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"We are pleased that the first NDA has been filed for a drug candidate using one of DURECT's platform technologies," stated James E. Brown, DVM, President and CEO of DURECT. "The abuse of pain medications is a widespread problem in this country and addressing that issue is clearly in the public interest. We designed our ORADUR technology to enable the abuse resistant properties of drug candidates such as Remoxy which has the potential to be the first oxycodone on the market that deters common methods of abuse."

Remoxy is being developed by Pain Therapeutics under license from DURECT, and Pain Therapeutics has, in turn, sublicensed the commercialization rights to the drug candidate to King Pharmaceuticals. King and Pain Therapeutics have stated that they believe the NDA for Remoxy benefits from years of rigorous and independent scientific and clinical testing, and the NDA includes animal and human data from extractability, pharmacokinetic, toxicology and clinical studies.

About the NDA for Remoxy (as announced by King and Pain Therapeutics)

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