DURECT Corp (DRRX) Announces U.S. FDA Approval of POSIMIR For Post-Surgical Pain Reduction for up to 72 Hours Following Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression

February 2, 2021 8:03 AM EST

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DURECT Corporation (Nasdaq: DRRX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved POSIMIR® (bupivacaine solution) for infiltration use in adults for administration into the subacromial space under direct arthroscopic visualization to produce post-surgical analgesia for up to 72 hours following arthroscopic subacromial decompression. The approval was based on positive data from a randomized, multicenter, assessor-blinded, placebo–controlled clinical trial in patients undergoing arthroscopic subacromial decompression surgery with an intact rotator cuff. The primary outcome measures were mean pain intensity and total opioid rescue analgesia administered, both evaluated over the first 72 hours after surgery versus placebo. POSIMIR demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in both primary outcome measures: a 1.3 point, or 20%, reduction in mean pain intensity on a 0-10 point pain scale (p=0.01), and a 67% reduction in I.V. morphine-equivalent rescue opioid use, from a median of 12 mg in the placebo group to 4 mg in the POSIMIR group (p=0.01). Please see important safety information including the Boxed Warning below and the POSIMIR full prescribing information.

"We are excited to announce the approval of POSIMIR, a novel, non-opioid, sustained-release local analgesic for the treatment of post-surgical pain following arthroscopic subacromial decompression surgery," said James E. Brown, President and CEO of DURECT. "This FDA approval provides an important new option to help orthopedic surgeons in their efforts to minimize opioid use while managing acute pain for up to 72 hours after this painful surgery."

"In my experience, POSIMIR was easy to administer into the subacromial space under arthroscopic guidance, where it can directly address the source of postsurgical pain," said Sten Rasmussen, MD CBE PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Aalborg University Hospital, and Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark, a principal investigator in the POSIMIR registration trial. "A non-opioid product providing up to three days of local analgesia would be a significant benefit to patients."

"The first 72 hours after surgery are typically when patients experience the most severe postsurgical pain," said T J Gan, MD MHS FRCA MBA, Professor and Distinguished Endowed Chair, Department of Anesthesiology at Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine. "So, a new sustained-release product providing continuous analgesia during this critical period is a welcome addition to the armamentarium for anesthesiologists and surgeons, especially as we aim to reduce the use of postsurgical opioids whenever possible."

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