DURECT Announces FDA Advisory Committee Meeting for REMOXY® ER

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CUPERTINO, Calif., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — DURECT Corporation (Nasdaq: DRRX) today announced that its licensee, Pain Therapeutics (Nasdaq: PTIE), reported yesterday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold an Advisory Committee Meeting to discuss the New Drug Application (NDA) for REMOXY ER (extended release oxycodone CII).  REMOXY® ER is designed as an abuse-deterrent, extended release, capsule formulation of oxycodone, a prescription drug for severe pain.  The tentative date for the Advisory Committee Meeting is June 26, 2018.  The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target date for the REMOXY ER NDA is August 7, 2018. 


REMOXY ER, an investigational drug, is a unique long-acting oral formulation of oxycodone intended to manage 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 ER is designed to discourage common methods of tampering associated with prescription opioid analgesic misuse and abuse.

In December 2002, DURECT licensed to Pain Therapeutics worldwide rights to develop and commercialize REMOXY ER and other oral sustained release drug candidates that use the ORADUR technology and incorporate certain specified opioid compounds. DURECT, which is reimbursed for formulation and other work performed under its agreement with Pain Therapeutics, will receive additional payments if certain development and regulatory milestones are achieved with respect to REMOXY ER, and will receive royalties of between 6.0% to 11.5% of net sales if REMOXY ER is commercialized, as well as a mark-up on DURECT’s supply of key excipients used in the manufacture of REMOXY ER. 

About ORADUR Technology

ORADUR is a proprietary technology designed to transform short-acting oral capsule dosage forms into sustained release oral products, with the added benefit of resisting common methods of prescription drug misuse and abuse compared to other controlled release dosage forms on the market today.


DURECT is a biopharmaceutical company actively developing new therapeutics based on its Epigenetic Regulator Program and proprietary drug delivery platforms.  DUR-928, a new chemical entity in Phase 2 development, is the lead candidate in DURECT’s Epigenetic Regulator Program.  An endogenous, orally bioavailable small molecule, DUR-928 has been shown in preclinical studies to play an important regulatory role in lipid homeostasis, inflammation, and cell survival.  Human applications may include acute organ injury such as alcoholic hepatitis, hepatic and renal diseases such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and PSC, and inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.  DURECT’s advanced oral and injectable delivery technologies are designed to enable new indications and enhanced attributes for small-molecule and biologic drugs. One late-stage product candidate in this category is POSIMIR® (SABER®-Bupivacaine), an investigational locally-acting, non-opioid analgesic intended to provide up to 3 days of continuous pain relief after surgery.  Another late stage product candidate is REMOXY ER (oxycodone), an investigational pain control drug based on DURECT’s ORADUR technology, for which the FDA has set a PDUFA target action date of August 7, 2018.  In addition, for the assignment of certain patent rights, DURECT may receive a milestone payment upon NDA approval and single digit sales-based earn-out payments from U.S. net sales of Indivior’s RBP-7000 investigational drug for schizophrenia, for which Indivior has submitted an NDA and for which the FDA has set a PDUFA target action date of July 28, 2018.  For more information, please visit www.www.durect.com.

NOTE: POSIMIR®, SABER®, and ORADUR® are trademarks of DURECT Corporation. Other referenced trademarks belong to their respective owners.  POSIMIR, DUR-928, RBP-7000 and REMOXY ER 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 Statement

The statements in this press release regarding the NDA resubmission of REMOXY ER, the tentative date for the Advisory Committee meeting and the target PDUFA date for REMOXY ER, the potential benefits and uses of DURECT’s drug candidates, including the potential use of DUR-928 to treat PSC,  NASH and other hepatic and renal diseases, alcoholic hepatitis, acute organ injury or inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, POSIMIR to treat post-surgical pain, REMOXY ER to treat pain, Indivior’s RBP-7000 to treat schizophrenia, the potential milestone payments and royalties receivable from Pain Therapeutics, and the potential milestone payment and earn-out payments receivable from Indivior, 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 risks that the Advisory Committee will cancel the meeting or recommend against approval of the REMOXY ER NDA, that the NDA resubmission of REMOXY ER will not result in product approval by the FDA or will be met with delays, as well as possible adverse events associated with the use of POSIMIR, REMOXY ER and DUR-928, delays and costs due to additional work or other requirements imposed by regulatory agencies for continued development, approval or sale of POSIMIR, REMOXY ER and DUR-928, and the possibility that studies of DUR-928 will not replicate results from earlier clinical trials.  Further information regarding risks related to DUR-928, POSIMIR and REMOXY ER and other risks related to DURECT is included in DURECT’s Form 10-K filed on March 8, 2018 under the heading “Risk Factors.”


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

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