Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the clinical and commercial development of new products to address the needs of acute care practitioners and their patients. Pacira is driven by a dynamic workforce committed to optimizing patient care and satisfaction in the acute care setting, with a special focus on improving outcomes in postsurgical pain management.
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Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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The cornerstone of the Pacira product portfolio is DepoFoam®, a proprietary drug delivery platform designed to extend a medication’s duration of action without altering its molecular structure. The DepoFoam carrier matrix is made up of multivesicular liposomes that encapsulate a drug. Each chamber is separated by lipid membranes that naturally erode to release the drug over a desired period of time.
In 2012, Pacira successfully launched EXPAREL® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension), the first and only DepoFoam-based local analgesic. Indicated for administration into the surgical site to produce postsurgical analgesia, a single dose of EXPAREL provides non-opioid pain control with reduced opioid requirements for up to 72 hours* without the need for catheters or pumps.1
The launch of EXPAREL is bolstered by a robust Phase 4 clinical program, which builds a compelling case for EXPAREL as the foundation of an opioid-sparing multimodal postsurgical pain management regimen. Recently published national and regional retrospective analyses2,3 of more than 400,000 postsurgical patients receiving opioids concluded that patients who experienced opioid-related adverse events had both longer lengths of hospital stay and higher hospitalization costs. The company’s efforts are buoyed by a groundswell movement led by governmental and independent health care organizations to mitigate potentially fatal side effects related to the use of opioids by recommending a shift toward opioid-sparing pain regimens, especially in high-risk postsurgical patients.
EXPAREL has broad applications across multiple surgical specialties, as well as in the anesthesiology arena. Pacira recently presented data supporting the administration of EXPAREL via infiltration into the transversus abdominis plane to produce up to 72 hours of postsurgical analgesia. The company is also advancing its Phase 3 nerve block program studying the safety and efficacy of EXPAREL administered as a femoral or intercostal nerve block.
Discovery, innovation and proprietary expertise are the hallmarks of the Pacira competitive advantage. The company not only holds the exclusive rights and expertise to DepoFoam, but owns the unique distinction of being the only company in the world with the ability to manufacture DepoFoam-based products, such as EXPAREL, on a large commercial scale. With steadily increasing demand and a growing list of potential clinical applications, Pacira and EXPAREL are poised to become vital fixtures in the postsurgical pain management arena.
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EXPAREL is contraindicated in obstetrical paracervical block anesthesia. EXPAREL has not been studied for use in patients younger than 18 years of age. Non-bupivacaine-based local anesthetics, including lidocaine, may cause an immediate release of bupivacaine from EXPAREL if administered together locally. The administration of EXPAREL may follow the administration of lidocaine after a delay of 20 minutes or more. Other formulations of bupivacaine should not be administered within 96 hours following administration of EXPAREL. Monitoring of cardiovascular and neurological status, as well as vital signs, should occur during and after injection of EXPAREL as with other local anesthetic products. Because amide-type local anesthetics, such as bupivacaine, are metabolized by the liver, EXPAREL should be used cautiously in patients with hepatic disease. Patients with severe hepatic disease, because of their inability to metabolize local anesthetics normally, are at a greater risk for developing toxic plasma concentrations. In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ³10%) following the administration of EXPAREL were nausea, constipation and vomiting.
*Pivotal studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of EXPAREL in patients undergoing bunionectomy and hemorrhoidectomy procedures.
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