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|Submitted On||Feb. 13, 2012|
|Stock Price at Underperform Recommendation||$3.50|
Acura Pharmaceuticals Profile
|CAPS Rating (out of 5)||*|
|Market Cap||$156 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ, Yahoo! Finance, and Motley Fool CAPS.
This week's pitch
It's getting close to do-or-die time for Acura, a surprisingly resilient small pharma that has shrugged off more than one obituary in its lifespan. Having written more than one of those obituaries, I feel uniquely qualified to pen another.
Oxecta appears to me to have no advantage over generic oral opiates available at a fraction of the cost. Despite widespread description of Oxecta as an abuse-resistant formulation of oxycodone, The Oxecta label carries an explicit statement that in fact it there is no evidence that it reduces the danger of abuse. Pfizer [
Meanwhile, the company's abuse-deterrent form of the OTC cold medication pseudoephedrine is back in clinical testing after a finding that it was still susceptible to conversion to methamphetamine. The commercial prospects of this reformulation of an expendable OTC medication are dubious.
The cash position of 38M will likely decline below 35M at the next earning report February 27, which isn't strong support for a market cap of 160M. Oxecta just became available in January, which means that Acura doesn't have to cop to poor revenues until May. Until then you might want to keep an eye on this stock for a potential short if unpredictable gusts carry the share price back above 5.