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AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Adds New Board Member
Date:12/11/2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACRX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of acute and breakthrough pain, today announced that Richard F. Afable, M.D., president and CEO of Covenant Health Network, was appointed to the company's board of directors.  Guy Nohra, co-founder and managing director of venture capital firm Alta Partners, resigned from the board as of December 10, 2013.

"As CEO of an integrated healthcare delivery network that includes seven hospitals, Dr. Afable is at the forefront of changing how healthcare is delivered in the US.  We are delighted that Rick is going to be able to bring those insights to AcelRx," stated Richard King, president and CEO of AcelRx.  "I would also like to thank Guy Nohra for his thoughtful guidance and valuable contributions to our success over the years as we have progressed from a development stage company toward the potential commercialization of Zalviso™ for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain in the hospital setting." 

"I am honored to join the AcelRx board and work with this exceptional team at such an exciting stage of the company's development," stated Dr. Afable.  "I look forward to sharing my experience with treatment assessment, acceptance, and integration in hospitals and other healthcare delivery organizations as AcelRx advances its portfolio of innovative pain treatment medicines into commercialization."

Covenant Health Network, based in Irvine, California, is a non-profit healthcare delivery system formed through the affiliation of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and St.
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