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INVESTOR ALERT: Class Action Lawsuit Against AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announced by Law Offices of Howard G. Smith

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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of a class (the “Class”) of investors of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“AcelRx” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:ACRX) who purchased or otherwise acquired AcelRx’s common stock and/or call options, or sold/wrote AcelRx’s put options between December 2, 2013 and September 25, 2014, inclusive (the “Class Period”).

AcelRx is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of acute and breakthrough pain. The Company plans to commercialize its product candidates in the United States and license the development and commercialization rights to its product candidates for sale outside of the United States through strategic partnerships and collaborations. One such product is Zalviso, which consists of sufentanil tablets delivered by the Zalviso System, a needle-free, handheld, patient-administered, pain management system (collectively, “Zalviso”).

The Complaint alleges that defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose during the Class Period: (1) that the Instructions for Use (IFU) for Zalviso were not designed to adequately address the risk of the inadvertent misplacement of tablets; (2) that the Company had not submitted to the FDA sufficient data to support the shelf life of the product; and (3) that, as a result of the foregoing, Defendants’ statements about Zalviso, including the drug’s regulatory approval and financial prospects, were materially false and misleading at all relevant times and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

On July 25, 2014, after the market closed, AcelRx announced that it had received a Complete Response Letter (“CRL”) from the FDA regarding its New Drug Application for Zalviso. According to the Company, the FDA requested additional information on the Zalviso System to ensure proper use of the device, including changes to the Instructions for Use for the device and additional data to support the shelf life of the product. On this news, shares of AcelRx declined $4.44 per share, nearly 41%, to close on July 28, 2014, at $6.39 per share, on unusually heavy volume.

On September 26, 2014, AcelRx revealed that the resubmission process for its Zalviso NDA would not be complete until the first quarter of 2015 at the earliest. According to the Company, the FDA also communicated that the planned resubmission will qualify as a Class 2 resubmission with a review period of six months. On this news, shares of AcelRx declined $1.31 per share, over 19%, to close on September 26, 2014, at $5.41 per share, on unusually heavy volume.

If you are a member of the Class described above, you have until December 1, 2014, to move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff, if you meet certain legal requirements. To be a member of the Class you need not take any action at this time; you may retain counsel of your choice or take no action and remain an absent member of the Class. If you wish to learn more about this action, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020 by telephone at (215) 638-4847, Toll Free at (888) 638-4847, or by email to, or visit our website at

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