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DURECT Announces Positive ELADUR(TM) Phase IIa Study Results
Date:12/18/2007

CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DURECT Corporation (Nasdaq: DRRX) announced today positive results from a Phase IIa clinical trial for ELADUR(TM), DURECT's proprietary investigational transdermal pain patch. In this study of patients suffering from post-herpetic neuralgia, ELADUR showed improved pain control versus placebo during the 3-day continuous treatment period. In addition, ELADUR appeared well tolerated overall, and patients treated with ELADUR and placebo exhibited similar safety profiles.

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"To our knowledge, this is the first topical local anesthetic formulation that supports a full 3 days of pain control from a single application," stated James E. Brown, DVM, President and CEO of DURECT. "In this study, ELADUR showed comparable safety to placebo patches as well as good wearability characteristics as patients went about their normal daily activities such as exercising and showering while wearing the patches."

This Phase IIa study was a randomized, multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled, two-way cross-over study of 60 patients suffering from post-herpetic neuralgia (post-shingles pain or PHN). The objectives of the study were to assess the safety as well as the magnitude, duration and characteristics of analgesic activity of ELADUR. DURECT anticipates that detailed results will be submitted for presentation at the American Pain Society Annual Meeting in May 2008.

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ELADUR is an investigational transdermal drug patch intended to provide up to 3 days of local pain relief from a single application, as compared to a wea
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