PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCRX), an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2010, provided an update on the execution of its pre-commercial and launch strategies for EXPAREL™ and established 2011 financial guidance.
"Since our initial public offering in February, we have continued to make significant progress in educating healthcare professionals and other decision makers on the advantages of EXPAREL, including multiple recent data presentations at medical meetings and the formation of several clinical advisory boards led by key opinion leaders," said David Stack, president and chief executive officer of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "We have received encouraging feedback from these health care providers regarding the need for a safe, long-acting, easy to use analgesic to manage postsurgical pain. As we continue to advance our pre-launch strategy, we are planning to conduct a number of health outcomes studies focused on the potential for EXPAREL to control pain with reduced reliance on opioid (morphine) analgesics. The health outcomes program is designed in collaboration with our acute health care customers in order to define postsurgical patient and procedure needs where reduced opioid (morphine) consumption provides the opportunity for enhanced patient care and hospital economics."
Financial HighlightsNet loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 was $7.0 million, or $12.27 per share, compared with $9.0 million, or $15.63 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $27.1 million, or $47.29 per share, compared with $31.7 million, or $55.32 per common share, for the year ended December 31, 2009. In February 2