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Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Phase 3 EXPAREL™ Data Presentation at the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons 2011 Annual Meeting
Date:5/16/2011

PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (Nasdaq: PCRX), an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that positive results from its Phase 3 study evaluating EXPAREL™ in patients following hemorrhoidectomy will be presented at the 2011 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. Results from this multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study demonstrated that patients experienced less pain and a reduction in opioid use for 72 hours following a single injection of EXPAREL at the end of the surgical procedure. This is the first time this study data has been presented at a major North American medical meeting.

The poster presentation, titled "Extended-Release Multivesicular Liposome Bupivacaine (EXPAREL™) Is Superior to Placebo for Post-Hemorrhoidectomy Pain Reduction," will be presented by Dr. Stephen R. Gorfine, clinical professor of surgery in the Division of Colorectal Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

"These Phase 3 data demonstrate that the median time to first opioid rescue for patients treated with EXPAREL following hemorrhoidectomy was significantly longer than those treated with placebo," said David Stack, president and CEO of Pacira Pharmaceuticals. "Patients in this study underwent excisional hemorrhoidectomy using the Milligan-Morgan technique, a painful soft tissue surgery. We believe that these data coupled with our positive Phase 3 data from our bunionectomy trial will help support the potential utility of EXPAREL in a clinical setting and build important mindshare among key opinion leaders. This is the first time that these Phase 3 data are being presented at a North American medical meeting and we believe this is another important milest
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