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AcelRx Announces Positive Phase 2 Results from a Study of ARX-01 Sufentanil NanoTabs in Treating Post-Operative Pain
Date:6/29/2009

rolled analgesia (PCA), typically utilizing morphine, for inpatient post-operative pain, with a similar number in the E.U. Despite its widespread use, the IV PCA architecture has several limitations. The IV line tethering the patient to the PCA pump discourages mobility, which is a critical factor in preventing post-operative complications and advancing recovery. Furthermore, the invasive nature of the IV delivery mode poses infection risk as well as predisposition to analgesic gaps due to infiltrated and dislodged IV catheters. Additionally, the complexity and programmability of IV PCA pumps introduce opportunities for medication errors, which in some instances may be fatal.

About ARX-01 Sufentanil NanoTab PCA System

ARX-01 is a novel drug/device combination product candidate designed for use in hospital settings to provide non-invasive patient-controlled analgesia and maximize patient satisfaction with post-operative pain management. The ARX-01 Sufentanil NanoTab PCA System avoids many of the limitations of IV PCA approaches by providing a non-invasive, pre-programmed, handheld PCA solution. The handheld component of ARX-01 allows for convenient patient self-administration of sufentanil NanoTabs sublingually for oral transmucosal absorption. Sufentanil is a high therapeutic index opioid approved for intravenous and epidural administration. Although the analgesic efficacy of sufentanil has been well established, its use has been limited due to its short IV plasma half-time. In the NanoTab oral transmucosal dosage form, sufentanil demonstrates a therapeutically appropriate pharmacokinetic profile for post-operative PCA usage and has the potential for improved patient tolerability over IV PCA morphine.

About AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals is a privately held pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of new therapies for the treatment of pain and other
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