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Endo Pharmaceuticals Returns Product Rights to TRANSDUR(TM)-Sufentanil to DURECT
Date:2/27/2009

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DURECT Corporation (Nasdaq: DRRX) today reported that Endo Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ENDP) has given notice that it is returning to us Endo's rights in the U.S. and Canada to develop and commercialize TRANSDUR(TM)-Sufentanil, a proprietary transdermal patch in development intended to treat chronic pain. Endo and DURECT recently completed a successful end-of-Phase II meeting with the FDA. Endo has notified us of its intention to terminate the license agreement entered into between Endo and DURECT, and has committed to assist in an orderly and rapid transition of this program back to DURECT.

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"We are disappointed to lose Endo as a partner for the U.S. and Canada, but understand that the program is no longer a strategic fit for them," stated James Brown, President and CEO of DURECT. "However, we appreciate the fact that Endo substantially advanced this program such that it is now Phase III ready. With the worldwide rights to this program restored to us, we believe we have an attractive asset to partner or to progress it ourselves."

Endo recently successfully completed a Phase II program for TRANSDUR- Sufentanil in which they evaluated the conversion of patients on oral and transdermal opioids to TRANSDUR-Sufentanil. The most recent Phase II study met its primary and secondary objectives of establishing a successful dose- titration regimen and dose potency relationships, demonstrating safety and tolerability at the therapeutic dose, and achieving effective analgesic pain control. The Phase II data, extensive non-clinic
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