HTX-011

HTX-011 (bupivacaine and meloxicam) is an investigational drug that has not been approved by the FDA or other international regulatory authority. It is a fixed-dose combination of the local anesthetic bupivacaine with the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) meloxicam. Inclusion of low-dose meloxicam in HTX-011 reduces local inflammation and reverses the acidic environment caused by surgery, allowing enhanced penetration of bupivacaine into the nerves and thereby potentiating its effect. HTX-011 is in development for application into the surgical site to reduce postoperative pain and the need for opioid analgesics for 72 hours. It was granted Fast Track Designation from the FDA in the fourth quarter of 2017 and Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the FDA in the second quarter of 2018. Heron released positive Topline Phase 3 Results for HTX-011 in the EPOCH 1 study (bunionectomy) and the EPOCH 2 study (hernia repair) and positive Topline Phase 2b Results for HTX-011 in subjects undergoing total knee arthroplasty and breast augmentation. In the second half of 2018, Heron expects to submit an NDA to the FDA for HTX-011.