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AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Receives Fourth and Fifth U.S. Patents for Small-Volume Oral Transmucosal Dosage Forms
Date:8/29/2012

ug delivery, generates a minimal saliva response and delivers a majority of the drug through the oral mucosa.

The 8,252,329 patent also covers the composition of sufentanil NanoTabs with claims to a bioadhesive tablet for sublingual administration to a subject, comprising from about 2.5 micrograms to about 100 micrograms of sufentanil, a volume of about 0.1 microliters to about  50 microliters, wherein the bioadhesive material is present at between 2% and 30% by weight, and the tablet generates a minimal saliva response and minimal swallowed drug and delivers at least 55% of the sufentanil through the oral transmucosal route. AcelRx exclusively owns both of these patents.

AcelRx also holds three other U.S. patents which claim both methods and compositions directed to sufentanil containing NanoTabs. Collectively these patents will provide intellectual property protection for sufentanil NanoTab based products in the United States through late 2030.  European patent protection is provided by Patent Number EP2114383B1, which covers small-volume NanoTab dosage forms for transmucosal administration containing the opioid sufentanil. This European patent also covers elements of AcelRx's dispensing technology and provides patent protection of specific pharmacokinetic parameters derived from sublingual administration using the NanoTab technology.  

About AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of acute and breakthrough pain.  AcelRx's lead product candidate, the ARX-01 Sufentanil NanoTab PCA System, which is currently in Phase 3 clinical development, is designed to solve the problems associated with post-operative intravenous patient-controlled analgesia which has been shown to cause harm to patients following surgery because of the side effects of morphine, the invasive IV route of de
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