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PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCRX), an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011, provided an update on the execution of its pre-commercial and launch strategies for EXPAREL™, and reiterated 2011 financial guidance.

"During the first quarter we have continued to work closely with hospitals and physicians to evaluate the clinical and favorable economic impact EXPAREL may offer patients and the healthcare system," said David Stack, president and chief executive officer of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "Our retrospective health economics research studies are well underway and are successfully demonstrating that the postsurgical use of opioid analgesia often leads to increased, and often avoidable, resource utilization. At the same time, we are pushing forward with a number of targeted prospective clinical studies to examine the impact of utilizing EXPAREL instead of morphine administered in a PCA (patient controlled analgesia) setting. We believe that these programs, combined with our robust pipeline of awareness and educational activities, will position EXPAREL for rapid adoption among key opinion leaders should it receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) later this year."

Financial Highlights

Net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 was $9.8 million, or $0.98 per share, compared with $5.4 million, or $9.39 per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. Total revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 were $3.9 million compared with $4.8 million for the first quarter of 2010. The $0.9 million decrease was primarily attributable to $1.2 million decline in supply revenue, from $2.9 million in the first quarter of 2010 to $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2011 and reflect

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