SAN DIEGO, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Heron Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HRTX), a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on improving the lives of patients by developing best-in-class treatments to address some of the most important unmet patient needs, today announced that the results from EPOCH 2 follow-on study (NCT03695367) of the investigational agent HTX-011 in open inguinal hernia repair surgery with mesh, have been published online by the journal, Surgery in an article entitled "Opioid-free recovery following herniorrhaphy with HTX-011 as the foundation of a multimodal analgesic regimen." In this study, more than 90% of patients receiving HTX-011, along with postoperative over-the-counter (OTC) acetaminophen and ibuprofen, remained opioid-free throughout the 72-hour period following hernia repair surgery. The mean pain intensity never rose above the mild range through 72 hours following surgery.
HTX-011 is a dual-acting, fixed-dose combination of the local anesthetic bupivacaine with a low dose of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug meloxicam. Itis the first and only extended–release local anesthetic to demonstrate in Phase 3 studies (EPOCH 1 in bunionectomy and EPOCH 2 in hernia repair) significantly reduced pain and opioid use through 72 hours compared to bupivacaine solution, the current standard–of–care local anesthetic for postoperative pain control. HTX-011 was well tolerated, with a safety profile comparable to placebo and bupivacaine solution.
"Typically, the first 72 hours after surgery are the most difficult from a pain management perspective and is where patients experience the most severe pain requiring opioids," said Jay Redan, M.D., Chief of Surgery at AdventHealth Celebration. "The EPOCH 2 follow-on study provides important evidence that HTX-011, along with OTC analgesics, can keep patients in the mild pain range, allowing more than 90% to remain opioid-free. The study was able to identify patients who should receive an opioid discharge prescription and has the potential to personalize postoperative pain management so that opioids are only prescribed to those who will need them after discharge. This can help to substantially limit the amount of opioids going home with patients following hernia repair surgery."
The Surgery article can be found here.