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Acura and King Receive FDA Complete Response Letter Regarding Acurox(R)
Date:7/2/2009

PALATINE, Ill. and BRISTOL, Tenn., July 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACUR) and King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: KG) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Complete Response Letter regarding the New Drug Application (NDA) for Acurox (oxycodone HC1, USP and niacin, USP) Tablets CII, an immediate release product intended for the relief of moderate-to-severe pain.

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The Complete Response Letter raises issues regarding the potential abuse deterrent benefits of Acurox(R). Acura and King are currently evaluating the FDA's Complete Response Letter, and at this stage believe they can respond to the issues raised without conducting any additional studies. The Companies plan to meet with the FDA following submission of their response.

About Acurox Tablets

Acurox is a patented, orally administered, immediate release tablet containing oxycodone HCl as its sole active analgesic ingredient with a proposed indication for the relief of moderate-to-severe pain. Acurox utilizes Acura's proprietary Aversion Technology, which is designed to deter misuse and abuse by intentional swallowing of excess quantities of tablets, intravenous injection of di
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