Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act Of 1934


August 9, 2017

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)



State of New York 1-10113 11-0853640
(State of Other Jurisdiction (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer
of Incorporation)   Identification Number)


616 N. North Court, Suite 120

Palatine, Illinois 60067

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


(847) 705-7709

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


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Item 5.08 Shareholder Director Nominations



Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) plans to hold its 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on November 8, 2017. Since this date is more than 30 days after the anniversary of the Company’s 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the Company is providing the due date for submission of any qualified stockholder proposal or qualified stockholder nominations. The deadlines for stockholder proposals listed in the Company's 2016 Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, as filed with the SEC on March 7, 2017 are no longer applicable. In accordance with Rule 14a-5(f) and Rule 14a-8(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), we are requiring that written notice from a stockholder interested in bringing business before the Company’s 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders including , to the extent provided for under New York law, any notice for nominating a director candidate for election at the Company’s 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Schedule 14N, must be received by the Company no later than 5:00 p.m., Central time, on August 31, 2017 at the Company’s principal executive office, 616 N. North Court, Palatine Illinois 60067, addressed to the attention of the Secretary.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.



  By: /s/ Peter A. Clemens
    Peter A. Clemens
    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer



Date: August 9, 2017