Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of deterrents to medication abuse and misuse. As of 2012[update], the company had several principal opioid products under development, which would utilized "Aversion Technology". As of 2014[update], the company was a publicly traded company, listed on NASDAQ under the symbol "ACUR".
|Revenue||US$ .75 million (2015)|
Aversion Technology, patented by Acura, provides abuse deterrent benefits to orally administered pharmaceutical drugs. Many of the products approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, such as OXECTA from Pfizer, have incorporated such technology.
Impede Technology is used in easily dissolved tablets and involves the addition of an inactive ingredent polymer matrix, which has been shown to form a thick gel and start a conversion process of crushed pseudoephedrine (PSE). This technology the aims of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act enacted in the United States in 2006.
In 2013, Kroger stocked Acura's product Nexafed, which is a drug that attempts to prevent illicit methamphetamine synthesis by incorporating the new pseudoephedrine conversion technology from the company.Nexafed has blocker in it that stops the making of methamphetamine.
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