AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

November 14, 2022 at 4:01 PM EST

Initial Niyad development batch successfully produced; preparations on track for an Emergency Use Authorization submission

DSUVIA sales of $0.5M in the third quarter, a 217% increase over prior year

$20.9 million in cash and short-term investments as of September 30, 2022

Webcast and Conference Call to be held today at 4:30 p.m. EDT

HAYWARD, Calif., Nov. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACRX), (AcelRx), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for use in medically supervised settings, today reported its third quarter 2022 financial results.

"We have continued to reduce costs and advance the portfolio as planned. We have progressed our lead nafamostat product candidate, Niyad™ to prepare for a potential Emergency Use Authorization in the first half of 2023 and initiated early commercial planning to ensure we're prepared for a potential launch next year," stated Vince Angotti, Chief Executive Officer of AcelRx. "Additionally, we expect to submit our ephedrine pre-filled syringe NDA by the end of this year, with the second pre-filled syringe product submission planned for the first half of next year to ensure we have multiple potential commercial products available by the end of 2023."

Mr. Angotti continued, "Related to DSUVIA®, our commercial focus in the third quarter remained on procedural suites, demonstrating continued year-over-year growth despite the significant reduction in the size of our commercial organization. We expect to finalize an agreement for DSUVIA by the end of the year with a strategic partner that can more fully maximize the DSUVIA opportunity with additional resources. Our European partner, Aguettant, recently launched DZUVEO® in Europe, further extending the commercial footprint of our novel sufentanil sublingual tablet."

Third Quarter and Recent Highlights

  • The initial development batch of Niyad was successfully produced earlier this month in preparation for the potential Emergency Use Authorization in the first half of 2023.
  • In October, the Company announced the European Launch of DZUVEO by its partner, Aguettant across key European countries, with commercialization in Spain, Portugal and Italy expected to begin in the first half of 2023.
  • In October, the Company announced the podium presentation of a study of DSUVIA in a large cohort of patients undergoing plastic surgery procedures entitled, "Experience in Complex Outpatient Plastic Surgery Procedures Using Sufentanil Sublingual Tablets". The study, conducted in 324 plastic surgery cases, was presented on October 28th by Jeffrey DeWeese, M.D., FACS, at Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2022, held October 27-30, in Boston, MA. The study found many positive benefits of using DSUVIA, including the ability to perform complex, extensive cosmetic procedures without general anesthesia, allowing for a rapid discharge time.
  • In October, the Company announced two abstracts presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® Annual Meeting 2022. The first presentation was of an investigator-initiated trial demonstrating the advantages of sufentanil sublingual tablet versus intravenous opioids for postoperative spine surgery pain and the second was a presentation by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences on DSUVIA for battlefield pain management.

Financial Information

  • The cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments balance was $20.9 million as of September 30, 2022.
  • Third quarter 2022 DSUVIA net sales were $0.5 million, a 217% increase over 2021; year-to-date September 30, 2022 DSUVIA net sales were $1.5 million, representing a 51% increase over the same period in 2021. Total DSUVIA units sold in the third quarter of 2022 were 1,032 compared to 371 units in 2021. Total net revenues in the third quarter 2022 of $0.5 million declined $1.4 million compared to the same period in 2021 due to the recognition of $1.7 million in revenues in the third quarter of 2021 attributed to an upfront payment received related to our DZUVEO European licensing agreement.
  • Combined R&D and SG&A expenses for the third quarter of 2022 totaled $6.6 million compared to $10.1 million for the third quarter of 2021. Excluding non-cash depreciation and stock-based compensation expense, these amounts were $5.7 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $8.6 million for the third quarter of 2021. The decrease in combined R&D and SG&A expenses in the third quarter of 2022 was primarily due to overall cost reductions principally focused on DSUVIA-related commercial expenses.  
  • Net loss attributable to common shareholders for the third quarter of 2022 was $6.9 million, or $0.94 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $8.4 million, or $1.40 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of 2021.

Webcast and Conference Call Information
As previously announced, AcelRx management will host a live webcast and conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on November 14, 2022 to discuss the financial results and provide an update on the Company's business. The webcast can be accessed by visiting the "Investors" section of the Company's website at and clicking on the webcast link within the News & Events/Upcoming Events section. The webcast will include a slide presentation and a replay will be available on the AcelRx website for 90 days following the event. 

Investors who wish to participate in the conference call may do so by dialing 1-866-361-2335 for domestic callers, 1-855-669-9657 for Canadian callers, or 1-412-902-4204 for international callers. The conference ID is 10172773.

About DSUVIA (sufentanil sublingual tablet), 30 mcg
DSUVIA®, branded as DZUVEO® in Europe, is indicated for use in adults in certified medically supervised healthcare settings, such as hospitals, surgical centers, and emergency departments, for the management of acute pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate. DSUVIA/DZUVEO was designed to provide rapid analgesia via a non-invasive route and to eliminate dosing errors associated with intravenous (IV) administration. DSUVIA/DZUVEO is a single-strength solid dosage form administered sublingually via a single-dose applicator (SDA) by healthcare professionals. Sufentanil is an opioid analgesic previously only marketed for IV and epidural anesthesia and analgesia. The sufentanil pharmacokinetic profile, when delivered sublingually, avoids the high peak plasma levels and short duration of action observed with IV administration. DZUVEO has been approved by the European Medicines Agency and AcelRx's European commercialization partner, Aguettant, markets the drug in Europe.

For more information, including important safety information and black box warning for DSUVIA, please visit

About Nafamostat
Nafamostat is a broad spectrum, synthetic serine protease inhibitor with anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory and potential anti-viral activities. Niyad™ is a lyophilized formulation of nafamostat and is currently being studied under an investigational device exemption, or IDE, as an anticoagulant for the extracorporeal circuit, and has received Breakthrough Device Designation Status from the FDA. LTX-608 is a proprietary nafamostat formulation for direct IV infusion that will be investigated and developed as a potential anti-viral for the treatment of COVID, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) and acute pancreatitis.

About AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for use in medically supervised settings. AcelRx's proprietary, non-invasive sublingual formulation technology delivers sufentanil with consistent pharmacokinetic profiles. The Company has one approved product in the U.S., DSUVIA® (sufentanil sublingual tablet, 30 mcg), known as DZUVEO® in Europe, indicated for the management of acute pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic for adult patients in certified medically supervised healthcare settings, and several product candidates. The product candidates include: Zalviso® (sufentanil sublingual tablet system, SST system, 15 mcg), an investigational product in the U.S. being developed as an innovatively designed patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) system for reduction of moderate-to-severe acute pain in medically supervised settings; two pre-filled, ready-to-use syringes of ephedrine and phenylephrine licensed for the U.S. from Aguettant; Niyad™, a regional anticoagulant for the extracorporeal circuit; and LTX-608, for the potential treatment of COVID-19, disseminated intravascular coagulation, acute respiratory distress syndrome and acute pancreatitis. DZUVEO is an approved product in Europe.

This release is intended for investors only. For additional information about AcelRx, please visit

Forward-looking statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements based upon AcelRx's current expectations. These and any other forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "potential," "believe," "expect," "expects," "expected," "anticipate," "may," "will," "enable," "should," "seek," "approximately," "intends," "intended," "plans," "planned," "planning," "estimates," "benefits," or the negative of these words or other comparable terminology. The discussion of financial trends, strategy, plans or intentions may also include forward-looking statements, which are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied by such statements, including: (i) risks relating to AcelRx's product development activities and ongoing commercial business operations; (ii) risks related to the ability of AcelRx and its business partners to implement development plans, launch plans, forecasts and other business expectations; (iii) risks related to unexpected variations in market growth and demand for AcelRx's commercial and developmental products and technologies; (iv) risks related to AcelRx's liquidity and our ability to maintain capital resources; (v) AcelRx's ability to retaining its listing on the Nasdaq exchange; and (vi) risks relating to our ability to obtain regulatory approvals for our developmental product candidates. Although it is not possible to predict or identify all such risks and uncertainties, they may include, but are not limited to, those described under the caption "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in AcelRx's annual, quarterly and current reports (i.e., Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K) as filed or furnished with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and any subsequent public filings. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date such statements were first made. To the degree financial information is included in this press release, it is in summary form only and must be considered in the context of the full details provided in AcelRx's most recent annual, quarterly or current report as filed or furnished with the SEC. AcelRx's SEC reports are available at under the "Investors" tab. Except to the extent required by law, AcelRx undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date hereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


Selected Financial Data

(in thousands, except per share data)


 Three Months Ended  

 Nine Months Ended 

September 30

 September 30 





Statement of Comprehensive Income (Loss) Data


   Product sales 

$                       507

$                       160

$                    1,519

$                    1,003

   Contract and other collaboration





      Total revenue





Operating costs and expenses:

Cost of goods sold (1)





Research and development (1)





Selling, general and administrative (1)





Impairment of property and equipment





Total operating costs and expenses





Loss from operations





Other income (expense):

Interest expense





Interest income and other income (expense), net 





Non-cash interest income on liability related to sale of future royalties





Gain on termination of liability related to sale of future royalties





Total other income (expense)





Provision for income taxes





Net income (loss)

$                  (6,750)

$                  (8,375)

$                  55,239

$                (27,182)

Deemed dividend related to Series A Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock





Income allocated to participating securities





Net income (loss) attributable to Common Shareholders

$                  (6,936)

$                  (8,375)

$                  54,924

$                (27,182)

Basic net income (loss) per common share

$                    (0.94)

$                    (1.40)

$                      7.48

$                    (4.64)

Shares used in computing basic net income (loss) per common share





Diluted net income (loss) per common share

$                    (0.94)

$                    (1.40)

$                      7.46

$                    (4.64)

Shares used in computing diluted net income (loss) per common share





(1)   Includes the following non-cash depreciation and stock-based compensation expense:

            Cost of goods sold

$                         58

$                         73

$                       189

$                       221

            Research and development





            Selling, general and administrative






$                       912

$                    1,510

$                    2,927

$                    4,278

September 30, 2022

December 31, 2021

Selected Balance Sheet Data

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and investments

$                  20,926

$                  51,630

Total assets



Total liabilities



Total stockholders' equity (deficit)




Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Operating Expenses less impairment of property and equipment, depreciation and stock-based compensation expense)

 Three Months Ended  

 Six Months Ended  

September 30

September 30





Operating expenses (GAAP):

Research and development 

$                   1,308

$                   1,416

$                   4,167

$                   3,109

Selling, general and administrative 





Impairment of property and equipment





Total operating expenses 





Less impairment of property and 

equipment, depreciation and 

stock-based compensation expense 





Operating expenses (non-GAAP) 

$                   5,716

$                   8,619

$                 20,851

$                 24,030


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