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AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Presenting ARX-04 Clinical Trial Findings at National Conference on Correctional Health Care

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACRX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain, announced an upcoming poster presentation at the 40th annual National Conference on Correctional Health Care, which summarizes findings from the Phase 3 SAP302 study of ARX-04 (sufentanil sublingual tablet, 30 mcg) in patients who were admitted to the emergency department with moderate-to-severe acute pain resulting from trauma or injury. The National Conference on Correctional Health Care will take place October 22-26, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV.

Details on the presentations are as follows:

Title:         

Efficacy and Safety of the Sufentanil Sublingual Tablet 30 mcg for Management of Acute Traumatic Pain in the Emergency Department (Poster #315)

Authors: 

James Miner, MD of the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN; Harold Minkowitz, MD of the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston, TX; Zubaid Rafique, MD of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX; Sophia Sohoni, MD, Karen DiDonato, MSN, RN and Pamela Palmer, MD, PhD of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals

About the National Conference on Correctional Health and the Correctional System Population
There are approximately 1.5 million individuals housed in state and federal prisons, with 97% sentenced for at least a one-year term. According to a 2007 study published in the journal, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, correctional healthcare workers with clinical job duties involving needles are at a higher risk for needle-stick injury than healthcare workers in other settings.

Thousands of health professionals attend the National Conference on Correctional Health Care, which is hosted by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. The NCCHC is committed to improving the quality of health care in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. For more information, please visit the commission's website at www.ncchc.org.

Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP)
ARX-04 is funded in part by the Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP) of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) under contract No. W81XWH-15-C-0046. The CRMRP was established in 2008 to foster research and technology advances for regeneration, restoration, and rehabilitation of traumatic injuries.

In accordance with USAMRMC guidelines, in the conduct of clinical research, AcelRx has adhered to the policies regarding the protection of human subjects as prescribed by Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 45, Volume 1, Part 46; Title 32, Chapter 1, Part 219; and Title 21, Chapter 1, Part 50 (Protection of Human Subjects).

About ARX-04
ARX-04 is a non-invasive investigational product candidate consisting of 30 mcg sufentanil tablets delivered sublingually by a healthcare professional using a disposable, pre-filled, single-dose applicator (SDA). Traditionally opioid pain medication is delivered either through an intramuscular injection or intravenously, both of which require a hypodermic needle. As a sublingual formulation, ARX-04 requires no hypodermic needles to administer. Sufentanil is a synthetic opioid analgesic with a high therapeutic index and no known active metabolites.

About AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain. The Company's late-stage pipeline includes ARX-04 (sufentanil sublingual tablet, 30 mcg), designed for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain in medically supervised settings; and Zalviso® (sufentanil sublingual tablet system), designed for the management of moderate-to-severe acute pain in adult patients in the hospital setting. Zalviso delivers 15 mcg sufentanil sublingually through a non-invasive delivery route via a pre-programmed, patient-controlled analgesia device. Zalviso is approved in the EU as well as Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein and is investigational and in late-stage development in the U.S. Grunenthal Group holds the rights for Zalviso in Europe and Australia, while AcelRx retains all other world-wide rights.

For additional information about AcelRx's clinical programs, please visit www.acelrx.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements related to the process and timing of anticipated future development of AcelRx's product candidates, ARX-04 (sufentanil sublingual tablet, 30 mcg) and Zalviso® (sufentanil sublingual tablet system), including the ARX-04 clinical trial results; anticipated submission of the New Drug Application, or NDA, for ARX-04 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA; AcelRx's pathway forward towards gaining approval of Zalviso in the U.S.; anticipated resubmission of the Zalviso NDA to the FDA; and the therapeutic and commercial potential of AcelRx's product candidates, including potential market opportunities for ARX-04 and Zalviso. These forward-looking statements are based on AcelRx Pharmaceuticals' current expectations and inherently involve significant risks and uncertainties. AcelRx Pharmaceuticals' actual results and timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements, and as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks related to AcelRx Pharmaceuticals' ARX-04 development program, including anticipated submission of the ARX-04 NDA and resubmission of the Zalviso NDA; the uncertain clinical development process; the success, cost and timing of all development activities and clinical trials; and other risks detailed in the "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in AcelRx's U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on July 29, 2016. AcelRx undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or changes in its expectations.

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SOURCE AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Timothy E. Morris, Chief Financial Officer, 650.216.3511, tmorris@acelrx.com; or Brian Korb, The Trout Group LLC, 646.378.2923, bkorb@troutgroup.com