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Frequently Asked Questions - What is EXPAREL?

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Frequently Asked Questions - What is EXPAREL?

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Frequently Asked Questions - What is EXPAREL?

  1. 1. Frequently Asked Questions - What is EXPAREL? By: Erol Onel
  2. 2. Frequently Asked Questions - What is EXPAREL? A leader in pharmaceutical development, Dr. Erol Onel serves as vice president of Heron Therapeutics in California. His work has contributed to the development of multiple new treatments, including the drug EXPAREL(R) (a bupivacaine-based, non-opioid pain medication designed for patients who are recovering from surgery). This medication uses the proprietary DepoFoam(R) system to slowly release its active ingredient over time. Given the opioid crisis in the United States, there has been a lot of recent work on the development of non-opioid alternatives.
  3. 3. Frequently Asked Questions - What is EXPAREL? Opioids are known to have a substantial impact on post-operative recovery, with opioid related adverse events such as nausea, vomiting, and constipation delaying a patient's progress. The problems of opioid addiction and opioid diversion (pills ending up in the hands of somebody other than the person for whom they were prescribed) are also well documented. There have been substantial movements towards non-opioid alternatives for patients.

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