DURECT Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results and Update of Programs

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CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DURECT Corporation (Nasdaq: DRRX) announced today financial results for the third quarter of 2014.  Total revenues were $4.3 million and net loss was $7.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014,  compared to total revenues of $3.0 million and net loss of $6.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013.    

At September 30, 2014, we had cash and investments of $37.4 million, compared to cash and investments of $37.3 million at June 30, 2014 and $24.4 million at December 31, 2013.  At September 30, 2014, we had $19.8 million in long term debt.

“We held a face-to-face meeting with the FDA on September 23 to discuss what needs to be done to address the issues cited in the Complete Response Letter for POSIDUR, and we are currently awaiting feedback from the FDA regarding our questions posed at the meeting,” stated James E. Brown, D.V.M., President and CEO of DURECT.  “Regarding REMOXY®, we were surprised by Pfizer’s recent decision to return the product rights to Pain Therapeutics.  We understand that Pain Therapeutics is focused on an orderly transfer of the program back from Pfizer, finalizing a strategy around the prospect of resubmitting the NDA, and seeking a new commercialization partner.”

Update of Programs and Activities:

  • REMOXY (oxycodone) Extended-Release Capsules CII. Following guidance received from the FDA in 2013 and having achieved technical milestones related to manufacturing, Pfizer announced in October 2013 that they would proceed with the additional clinical studies and other actions required to address the Complete Response Letter received in June 2011. These new clinical studies include, in part, a pivotal bioequivalence study with the modified REMOXY formulation to bridge to the clinical data related to the original REMOXY formulation, and an abuse-potential study with the modified formulation. According to information posted to ClinicalTrials.gov, we understand these studies have been completed, although we have not been provided any results. Pfizer notified Pain Therapeutics in late October 2014 that Pfizer had decided to discontinue development of REMOXY. Pfizer has stated that they will return all rights, including responsibility for regulatory activities, to Pain Therapeutics. Additionally, Pfizer has stated that they will continue ongoing activities under the agreement with Pain Therapeutics for the next six months until the scheduled termination date. Pain Therapeutics has stated that it is focused on an orderly transfer of the program back from Pfizer, finalizing a strategy around the prospect of resubmitting the NDA, and seeking a new commercialization partner.

    REMOXY, an investigational drug, is a unique long acting oral formulation of oxycodone intended to treat pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Based on DURECT’s ORADUR® technology, which is covered by issued patents and pending patent applications owned by us, REMOXY is designed to discourage common methods of tampering associated with prescription opioid analgesic misuse and abuse.

  • POSIDUR (SABER®-Bupivacaine) Post-Operative Pain Relief Depot. On February 12, 2014 we received a Complete Response Letter from the FDA. Based on its review, the FDA has determined that they cannot approve the NDA in its present form, stating the NDA does not contain sufficient information to demonstrate that POSIDUR is safe when used in the manner described in the proposed label, and the FDA has indicated that additional clinical safety studies need to be conducted. We had a face-to-face meeting with the FDA on September 23 to discuss what needs to be done to address the issues cited in the Complete Response Letter, and we are currently awaiting feedback from the FDA regarding our questions posed at the meeting.

    POSIDUR is our investigational post-operative pain relief depot that utilizes our patented SABER technology and is intended to deliver bupivacaine to provide up to three days of pain relief after surgery. We are in discussions with potential partners regarding licensing development and commercialization rights to POSIDUR, for which we hold worldwide rights, while at the same time we are preparing to be in a position to commercialize POSIDUR ourself in the U.S. in the event that we determine that is the preferred route of commercialization.

  • ELADUR® (TRANSDUR-bupivacaine). On January 7, 2014 we announced that we had entered into an agreement granting Impax the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize ELADUR. Under the terms of the agreement, Impax paid DURECT an upfront fee of $2 million, with possible additional payments of up to $61 million upon the achievement of predefined development and commercialization milestones. If ELADUR is commercialized, DURECT would also receive a tiered royalty on product sales. Impax will control and fund the development program.

    ELADUR, for the treatment of pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), is our proprietary transdermal patch intended to deliver bupivacaine for a period of up to three days from a single application; existing lidocaine patches for this condition can be worn for 12 hours with a rest period of 12 hours during which time many patients experience breakthrough pain.

  • Relday (Risperidone Program). In 2013, Zogenix (our licensee) announced positive single-dose pharmacokinetic (PK) results from a Phase 1 clinical trial of Relday at 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg once-monthly doses, representing the full dose range that would be anticipated to be used in clinical practice. According to Zogenix, the positive results from this study extension position Zogenix to begin a multi-dose clinical trial, which would provide the required steady-state pharmacokinetic and safety data prior to initiating Phase 3 development studies, and Zogenix plans to commence this multi-dose trial in the first quarter of 2015.

    Relday is a proprietary, once-monthly subcutaneous injectable formulation of risperidone with immediate onset of action using DURECT’s SABER controlled-release formulation technology. An existing long-acting injectable risperidone product, which achieved $1.3 billion in global net sales in 2013, requires twice-monthly, intramuscular injections and drug reconstitution prior to use.

  • ORADUR-ADHD Program. In 2013, we selected a formulation for the lead program in our ORADUR-ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) program, ORADUR-Methylphenidate. This formulation was chosen based on its potential for rapid onset of action, long duration with once-a-day dosing and target pharmacokinetic profile as demonstrated in a Phase 1 trial. In addition, this product candidate utilizes a small capsule size relative to the leading existing long acting products on the market and incorporates our ORADUR anti-tampering technology. Our licensee, Orient Pharma, has met with the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) to discuss the Phase 3 program in that market and is developing its plans for further development in the defined Asian and South Pacific countries to which it has rights from us. We retain rights to all other markets in the world, notably including the U.S., Europe and Japan, and are engaged in licensing discussions with other companies.
  • Other ORADUR-based Opioids. We have licensed three other ORADUR-based opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone and oxymorphone) to Pain Therapeutics. Phase I clinical trials have been conducted for ORADUR-hydrocodone and ORADUR-hydromorphone, and an Investigational New Drug (IND) application has been accepted by the FDA for ORADUR-oxymorphone. During the third quarter of 2014, we conducted research and development activities on these programs under approved workplans with Pain Therapeutics. Our licensee, Pain Therapeutics, announced on August 5 that they expect to start a Phase 1 clinical trial with ORADUR-Hydromorphone shortly with an expectation of starting a Phase 3 trial for this product candidate in 2015.
  • Feasibility Projects and Other Activities. During the third quarter of 2014, we continued work on several feasibility projects and have multiple discussions underway with other parties about new feasibility projects which are designed to demonstrate that our technologies can achieve the drug delivery objectives set forth by our collaborators and are worthy of further development. The Relday program, described above, was one such project which has matured into a development and license agreement.
  • Business Development Activities. We have multiple programs that may potentially be licensed over the next 12-18 months. These include POSIDUR, TRANSDUR-Sufentanil, ORADUR-ADHD, as well as various other programs which we have not described publicly in detail.
  • Upcoming Investor Conference. We will provide a corporate update at the 2014 Stifel Healthcare Conference at 10:20 am on November 19 at the New York Palace Hotel in New York. A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available by accessing DURECT’s homepage at http://www.www.durect.com and clicking “Investor Relations.” If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on DURECT’s website under Audio Archive in the “Investor Relations” section.

Earnings Conference Call

A live audio webcast of a conference call to discuss third quarter 2014 results will be broadcast live over the internet at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on November 3 and is available by accessing DURECT’s homepage at www.www.durect.com and clicking “Investor Relations.” If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on DURECT’s website under Audio Archive in the “Investor Relations” section.

About DURECT Corporation

DURECT is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing innovative drugs for pain and chronic diseases, with late-stage development programs including REMOXY®, POSIDUR, ELADUR®, and TRANSDUR®-Sufentanil.  DURECT’s proprietary oral, transdermal and injectable depot delivery technologies 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.

NOTE: POSIDUR, SABER®, ORADUR®, and TRANSDUR® are trademarks of DURECT Corporation. Other referenced trademarks belong to their respective owners.  REMOXY and other ORADUR-based programs, POSIDUR, ELADUR, TRANSDUR-Sufentanil and Relday are drug candidates under development and have not been approved for commercialization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other health authorities.

DURECT Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this press release regarding REMOXY and POSIDUR, Pain Therapeutics’ plans regarding REMOXY, cooperation of Pfizer and Pain Therapeutics for the next six months, the FDA’s responses to DURECT’s questions regarding POSIDUR from their face-to-face meeting,  potential regulatory meetings and discussions and submissions for REMOXY and POSIDUR, potential FDA approval of REMOXY, POSIDUR, or any of our other product candidates, commercialization plans for POSIDUR, if approved, anticipated studies and clinical trials (including timing and results) for REMOXY, Relday, ORADUR-Methylphenidate, ORADUR-Hydromorphone and our other drug candidates, potential royalties or milestone payments from development of ELADUR by Impax, the potential benefits and uses of our drug candidates, collaborations with third parties, including Pain Therapeutics, Impax, Zogenix and Orient Pharma, and potential business development, licensing and commercialization activities are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that Pain Therapeutics will discontinue  or be delayed in development of REMOXY, the risk of adverse decisions by regulatory agencies, including rejection of meeting requests, requests for additional information or product non-approval or non-acceptance of our POSIDUR or other NDA submissions, delays and additional costs due to requirements imposed by regulatory agencies, potential adverse effects arising from the testing or use of our drug candidates, the potential failure of clinical trials to meet their intended endpoints, our potential failure to maintain our collaborative agreements with third parties or consummate new collaborations, and risks related to our (and our third party collaborators where applicable) ability to design, commence, enroll, conduct and complete clinical trials, complete the design, development, and manufacturing process development of product candidates, manufacture and commercialize product candidates, obtain marketplace acceptance of product candidates, avoid infringing patents held by other parties and secure and defend patents of our own, and manage and obtain capital to fund operations and expenses. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in DURECT’s Annual Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending June 30, 2014 under the heading “Risk Factors.”





(in thousands, except per share amounts)


Three months ended

Nine months ended

 September 30 

 September 30 





Collaborative research and development and other revenue

$  1,752

$     358

$   6,999

$   2,176

Product revenue, net





Total revenues





Operating expenses:

Cost of product revenues 





Research and development





Selling, general and administrative 





Total operating expenses





Income (loss) from operations





Other income (expense):

Interest and other income (expenses)





Interest expense





Net other income (expense)





Net loss

$ (7,092)

$ (6,024)



Net loss per share


$   (0.06)

$   (0.06)

$    (0.15)

$    (0.16)


$   (0.06)

$   (0.06)

$    (0.15)

$    (0.16)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share











Total comprehensive loss

$ (7,013)

$ (6,025)






(in thousands)

As of

As of

September 30, 2014

December 31, 2013(1)



Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 3,421

$ 7,836

Short-term investments



Accounts receivable






Prepaid expenses and other current assets



Total current assets



Property and equipment, net






Intangible assets, net



Long-term investments



Long-term restricted Investments



Other long-term assets



Total assets

$ 52,901

$ 40,820


Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$ 1,092

$ 736

Accrued liabilities



Contract research liability



Deferred revenue, current portion



Total current liabilities



Deferred revenue, noncurrent portion



Long-term debt, net


Other long-term liabilities



Stockholders’ equity



Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$ 52,901

$ 40,820



Matt Hogan, Chief Financial Officer, DURECT Corporation, 408-777-4936

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