MORRISTOWN, N.J., July 27, 2015 (GLOBAL NEWSWIRE) – Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTX), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced positive results from Category 1 (in vitro) abuse deterrence studies with ZX007, utilizing Altus Formulation’s proprietary INTELLITAB™ abuse deterrent technology platform. ZX007 is an abuse-deterrent, extended-release oral hydrocodone bitartrate formulation product in development for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock opioid treatment and for which alternative treatments are inadequate, The purpose of the studies was to perform a comprehensive battery of laboratory tests to assess the physical and chemical properties of ZX007. These studies were conducted in accordance with the April 2015 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Guidance for Industry: Abuse-Deterrent Opioids – Evaluation and Labeling.

Top-line results from the study demonstrated ZX007’s ability to:

  • Resist common methods of physical manipulation including crushing between spoons, crushing in a tablet hardness tester, and crushing in pill crushers;
  • Resist alcohol induced dose dumping and prevent drug extraction in a range of common solvents;
  • Not yield extracts that could be expelled through syringe needles; and
  • Maintain controlled release after crushing and grinding of the tablets under a number of test conditions.

Doug Drysdale, President, Chairman and CEO of Pernix said, “Pernix is committed to introducing abuse-deterrent formulations of hydrocodone for the benefit of patients who would otherwise have to endure severe pain. We are pleased that this new formulation shows such promising Category 1 results supporting the robust abuse-deterrent properties of ZX007. We look forward to the results of our clinical human abuse liability studies for ZX007 to further expound upon its abuse-deterrent features. Our aim is to bring this new treatment option to the market to reduce the overall burden of opioid misuse and abuse, while providing relief to patients suffering with severe pain.”

Damon Smith, CEO of Altus Formulation said; “We are very happy that ZX007 has again met our expectations in these key studies.”

Results from this study will be submitted for presentation at an upcoming scientific conference later this year.

About Pernix Therapeutics
Pernix Therapeutics is a specialty pharmaceutical business with a focus on acquiring, developing and commercializing prescription drugs primarily for the U.S. market. The Company targets underserved therapeutic areas such as CNS, including neurology and pain management, and has an interest in expanding into additional specialty segments. The Company promotes its branded products to physicians through its two Pernix sales forces and markets its generic portfolio through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Macoven Pharmaceuticals, LLC and Cypress Pharmaceutical, Inc. To learn more about Pernix Therapeutics, visit

About Altus Formulation
Altus Formulation is a drug formulation and development company using its proprietary and patent protected drug delivery technologies to generate novel, differentiated and cost effective new products for its clients. Altus technologies include the INTELLITAB™ abuse resistant platform, FLEXITAB™ breakable controlled release tablets and PNDS™ micellar technology for increased bioavailability of small and large molecule drugs.

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