Pacira Pharmaceuticals announced that it has submitted a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to the FDA for an expanded nerve block indication for Exparel (bupivacaine) liposome injectable suspension.

The submission was based on positive data from a Phase 3 study assessing the safety and efficacy of Exparel in femoral nerve block for total knee arthroplasty. Pacira will also include additional safety data from a Phase 3 study of Exparel used to perform an intercostals nerve block for thoracotomy.

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Exparel is already approved for single-dose infiltration into the surgical site to produce postsurgical analgesia.

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