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FDA Approves Heron Therapeutics’ Zynrelef for Postoperative Pain

May 17, 2021

Heron Therapeutics’ Zynrelef (bupivacaine and meloxicam) has secured FDA approval as a postsurgical analgesic for up to 72 hours following knee replacements, abdominal hernia repairs and bunion removals.

The extended-release painkiller delivers the local anesthetic bupivacaine combined with a low dose of meloxicam, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory. In a phase 3 trial, the combination therapy resulted in less pain and fewer patients needing opioids postsurgery vs. bupivacaine alone, the current standard of care.

The San Diego, Calif.-based drugmaker plans to launch Zynrelef in July.

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