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AcelRx Top-line Data Show Primary Endpoint Achieved in Pivotal Phase 3 Study of Sufentanil NanoTab PCA System For Post-Operative Pain in Major Open Abdominal Surgery Patients
Date:3/4/2013

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About Post-Operative Pain

Acute pain management in the hospital, in particular post-operative analgesia, remains a challenge for healthcare providers with up to 75% of patients reporting inadequate pain relief following surgery.  Inadequate treatment of post-surgical pain can lead to decreased mobility, which increases the risks for serious medical complications, including deep vein thrombosis and partial lung collapse, potentially resulting in extended hospital stays.  More than 30 million surgical procedures per year result in moderate to severe pain in the U.S. and EU, with an additional 27 million procedures occurring in countries with moderate to high per capita healthcare expenditures.  The U.S., 5 main EU countries and Japan represented $5.1 billion of acute pain treatment product sales in 2008.  Currently patients experiencing post-operative pain in the hospital may have IV PCA treatment, typically utilizing morphine or hydromorphone.  However, there are deficiencies associated with the current use of IV PCA that can negatively impact patient safety, well-being and recovery.  These include drug-related side effects associated with morphine or hydromorphone, complications associated with IV delivery, and medication delivery errors typically associated with misprogramming of the complex IV PCA pumps.

About the Sufentanil NanoTab PCA System
The NanoTab System is an investigational pre-programmed, non-invasive, handheld system that allows post-operative patients to self-dose with sublingual Sufentanil NanoTabs to manage their post-operative pain.  The NanoTab System is designed to address the limitations of IV PCA by offering:

  • A high therapeutic index opioid: The NanoTab System uses the high therapeutic index opioid sufentanil; it offers post-operative pain patients the potential for effective patient-contro
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