AcelRx's Dsuvia Shows Reduction In Postoperative Opioids Compared To Control Group

  • AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc ACRX has announced a poster presentation at the Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting reviewing the results of a study on the intraoperative administration of Dsuvia (sufentanil sublingual tablet, SST) 30 mcg for the management of acute pain in an ambulatory surgery center.
  • The primary objective of this study was to determine if SST 30 mcg given before emergence from anesthesia was efficacious in reducing initial post-anesthesia care unit pain scores compared to a control group.
  • Secondary outcomes included opioid use and percentage of patients opioid-free, and time until ready to discharge.
  • Data showed that patients in the SST group required 50% fewer opioids, with significantly more of them opioid-free (36% vs. 8%). Furthermore, SST-treated patients had improved overall benefit of analgesia scores compared to the control group.
  • Limitations of the study include that the SST was not compared to an active comparator as it did not allow for preemptive opioid analgesia in the control group.
  • Also, as the data collection ended at discharge, the authors could not assess any additional analgesic benefit of SST beyond the immediate postoperative period.
  • Price Action: ACRX shares trading 0.93% higher at $1.08 on the last check Thursday.
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