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New Data Demonstrating the Impact of Opioid-Related Adverse Events on Total Hospital Cost Presented at American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Meeting
Date:12/5/2011

cords from both groups were reviewed for total opioid use, incidence of ORAEs and total cost of hospitalization.

Total opioid consumption in the outlier group was more than double that of the control group (150 mg vs 74 mg; P<0.01); additional findings include:

  • Respiratory ORAEs occurred 12 times more often in patients in the outlier group than in the control group (12% vs 1%; P<0.01); gastrointestinal ORAEs occurred more than twice as often  (44% vs 19%; P<0.01)
  • Total hospitalization cost was more than $8,500 higher in the outlier group compared to the control group ($14,275 vs $5,745)

"We are pleased to see large health systems and major healthcare alliances such as Premier and Barnabas Health provide health outcomes and financial analysis to continue to quantify and address the costs of opioid use in postsurgical care in U.S. hospitals," said Dave Stack, president and CEO of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "As hospitals continue to strive for economic efficiency and increased patient satisfaction, these data provide insight into areas where the current standard of care may benefit from a critical review and further investigation regarding economic impact."

About Pacira

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCRX) is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the clinical and commercial development of new products for postsurgical pain management that meet the needs of acute care practitioners and their patients. Three commercially available products utilize the Pacira proprietary product delivery technology DepoFoam®, a unique platform that encapsulates drugs without altering their molecular structure and then releases them over a desired period of time. Additional information about Pacira is available at

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