PARSIPPANY, N.J., Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCRX), an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011, provided an update on the execution of its pre-commercial and launch strategies for EXPAREL™, and updated its 2011 financial guidance.
"We have continued to aggressively execute our launch strategy for EXPAREL during the second quarter, and have made significant progress in driving forward our health outcome studies, as well as our education initiatives focused on key clinical communities," said David Stack, president and chief executive officer of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "With the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) extension of our Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date to October 28, 2011 for the review of our EXPAREL new drug application, we have three additional months to prepare for launch. We are utilizing this additional time prudently and by the time of launch we expect to have finalized the analysis for our retrospective health outcome research studies, as well as completed patient enrollment for our prospective health outcome clinical studies. These programs examine the impact of using EXPAREL as the platform for postsurgical pain management and potentially replacing opioids administered in a PCA (patient controlled analgesia) setting. We believe the results of these studies will further underscore the utility and health outcome benefits that EXPAREL may offer physicians, patients and hospitals, should it be approved by the FDA later this year.
"In addition, we remain focused on building relationships within the clinical community that should allow our team to effectively position EXPAREL as an important new tool in the multimodal approach to postsurgical pain management," continued Mr. Stack. "We believe all of these