DURECT Appoints Dr. Joseph Stauffer as Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy

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CUPERTINO, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — DURECT Corporation
(Nasdaq: DRRX) announced today that Dr. Joseph Stauffer has joined DURECT as
Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy.

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“Dr. Stauffer’s successful leadership of clinical research and medical
affairs for pain products while at Alpharma and Abbott, and first-hand
experience with the regulatory approval process gained during his tenure at
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is an ideal fit for DURECT’s
pipeline of acute, chronic, neuropathic and post-surgical pain products,”
stated James E. Brown, President and CEO of DURECT Corporation. “We’re
looking forward to the impact he will have on the development of POSIDUR(TM),
TRANSDUR(TM)-Sufentanil, ELADUR(TM) and other programs.”

Dr. Stauffer was at Alpharma Inc. from 2004 to 2009, where his latest
position prior to the acquisition of Alpharma by King Pharmaceuticals was as
Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Research & Medical
. His responsibilities at Alpharma included oversight of all clinical
pharmacology, clinical development, pharmacovigilance, medical affairs, risk
management and health outcomes/pharmacoeconomics. Prior to joining Alpharma,
Dr. Stauffer was employed at Abbott Laboratories from 2002 to 2004 as Global
Medical Director for Pain Therapeutics. In that role, he was responsible for
Phase I-III trials for Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Dilaudid, as well as novel
compounds targeting neuropathic pain. Prior to Abbott, he worked at the FDA
from 2000 to 2002 as a Medical Review Officer in the Analgesic Division of the
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. While there, he reviewed
Investigational New Drug (IND) Applications and New Drug Applications (NDAs)
for opiate, non-opiate, anti-inflammatory, and novel pain compounds.

Dr. Stauffer is a founding member of the Initiative on Methods,
Measurement and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (IMMPACT). This on-going
collaboration between pharma, FDA, NIH, academia and patient advocacy groups
helps to develop core domains and outcomes for chronic pain clinical trials.
Dr. Stauffer graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
and completed residency training in Anesthesiology at the Johns Hopkins
University Hospital
, where he is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in
the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Stauffer is
a veteran of the U.S. Navy, honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Commander
after serving eight years as a Naval Medical Officer. He will complete his
MBA in September 2009 as part of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Program, a
joint degree granted by NYU Stern School of Business, HEC School of Management
(Paris) and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

“I should also note that Dr. Peter Langecker, DURECT’s former Chief
Medical Officer, has resigned from DURECT Corporation to pursue another
opportunity,” stated James E. Brown. “We want to thank Peter for his service
to DURECT and wish him well on his future endeavors.”

About DURECT Corporation

DURECT is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company developing
innovative drugs for pain and other chronic diseases, with late-stage
development programs including REMOXY(R), POSIDUR(TM), ELADUR(TM), and
TRANSDUR(TM)-Sufentanil. DURECT’s proprietary oral, transdermal and
injectable depot delivery technologies may enable new indications and superior
clinical/commercial attributes such as abuse deterrence, improved convenience,
compliance, efficacy and safety for small molecule and biologic drugs. For
more information, please visit www.www.durect.com.

trademarks of DURECT Corporation. Other referenced trademarks belong to their
respective owners. REMOXY, POSIDUR, ELADUR and TRANSDUR-Sufentanil are drug
candidates under development and have not been approved for commercialization
by the US Food and Drug Administration or other health authorities.


CONTACT: Matthew J. Hogan, Chief Financial Officer of DURECT
, +1-408-777-4936
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Web Site: http://www.www.durect.com

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