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Pacira Pharmaceuticals Enters into Strategic Co-Production Partnership with Patheon to Create Additional EXPAREL Manufacturing Capacity
New Manufacturing Facility to Meet Future Demand Exceeding the
Under the co-production partnership agreements, Pacira and
Pacira will oversee the design and purchase of the dedicated EXPAREL
manufacturing equipment to be installed in the
“Patheon has a long history of excellence in manufacturing sterile
injection products,” said
“EXPAREL is an ideal product for our
EXPAREL (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) is indicated for single-dose infiltration into the surgical site to produce postsurgical analgesia. The product combines bupivacaine with DepoFoam, a proven product delivery technology that delivers medication over a desired time period. EXPAREL represents the first and only multivesicular liposome local anesthetic that can be utilized in the peri- or postsurgical setting in the same fashion as current local anesthetics. By utilizing the DepoFoam platform, a single dose of EXPAREL delivers bupivacaine over time, providing analgesia with reduced opioid requirements for up to 72 hours. Pivotal studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of EXPAREL in patients undergoing bunionectomy or hemorrhoidectomy procedures and additional studies are underway to further demonstrate the safety and efficacy in other procedures. Additional information is available at www.EXPAREL.com.
Important Safety Information
EXPAREL is contraindicated in obstetrical paracervical block anesthesia. EXPAREL has not been studied for use in patients younger than 18 years of age. Non-bupivacaine-based local anesthetics, including lidocaine, may cause an immediate release of bupivacaine from EXPAREL if administered together locally. The administration of EXPAREL may follow the administration of lidocaine after a delay of 20 minutes or more. Other formulations of bupivacaine should not be administered within 96 hours following administration of EXPAREL. Monitoring of cardiovascular and neurological status, as well as vital signs should be performed during and after injection of EXPAREL as with other local anesthetic products. Because amide-type local anesthetics, such as bupivacaine, are metabolized by the liver, EXPAREL should be used cautiously in patients with hepatic disease. Patients with severe hepatic disease, because of their inability to metabolize local anesthetics normally, are at a greater risk of developing toxic plasma concentrations. In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (incidence greater-than or equal to 10%) following EXPAREL administration were nausea, constipation, and vomiting.
Please see the full Prescribing Information at http://www.exparel.com/pdf/EXPAREL_Prescribing_Information.pdf.
Forward Looking Statements
Any statements in this press release about our future expectations,
plans and prospects, including statements about our plans and
expectations regarding EXPAREL, and other statements containing the
words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” and similar
expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may
differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking
statements as a result of various important factors, including risks
relating to: our and Patheon’s ability to successfully and timely
construct dedicated EXPAREL manufacturing suites; the success of
our sales and manufacturing efforts in support of the commercialization
of EXPAREL; the rate and degree of market acceptance of EXPAREL; the
size and growth of the potential markets for EXPAREL and our ability to
serve those markets; our plans to expand the indications of EXPAREL,
including for nerve block and the related timing and success of an sNDA;
our plans to evaluate, develop and pursue additional DepoFoam-based
product candidates; clinical studies in support of an existing or
potential DepoFoam-based product; our plans to continue to manufacture
and provide support services for our commercial partners who have
licensed DepoCyt(e); our commercialization and marketing capabilities;
and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” of our most recent
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended
Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jessica Cho, 973-254-3574
Pure Communications, Inc.
Susan Heins, 864-286-9597