SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act Of 1934
August 2, 2018
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
ACURA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
(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)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
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|Item 1.01||Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.|
On August 2, 2018 we received a $400,000 loan from John Schutte, which combined with earlier loans, total $1.9 million in loans from Mr. Schutte. In connection with the $400,000 loan, we issued a promissory note, or the Schutte Note, in that principal amount to him. The Schutte Note bears interest at prime plus 2%, and matures on January 2, 2020, at which time all principal and interest is due. Events of Default under the Schutte Note include bankruptcy events and failure to pay interest and principal when due. The note is unsecured until our obligations to Oxford Finance, LLC (“Oxford”) have been satisfied in full under the Loan and Security Agreement dated as of December 27, 2013, as amended (the “Loan Agreement”) between us, our subsidiary Acura Pharmaceutical Technologies, Inc. (“APT”) and Oxford, and thereafter will be secured by a security interest in all of our assets. The Schutte Note may be prepaid in whole or part at any time, provided that prior to the satisfaction of our obligations to Oxford, under the Loan Agreement, any prepayment will require Oxford’s consent. These terms are the same as the terms for the $1.5 million loans previously received from Mr. Schutte.
The funding provided by Mr. Schutte enables us to continue operations into late August 2018, by which time we hope to have entered into a licensing agreement or raised additional funds.
There can be no assurance we will be successful entering into such a licensing arrangement or receive additional financing. In the absence of the receipt of additional financing or adequate payments under license or collaborative agreements by the end of August 2018, we will be required to scale back or terminate operations and/or seek protection under applicable bankruptcy laws. This could result in a complete loss of shareholder value in the Company. Even assuming we are successful in securing additional sources of financing to fund continued operations, there can be no assurance that the proceeds of such financing will be sufficient to fund operations until such time, if at all, that we generate sufficient revenue from our products and product candidates to sustain and grow our operation.
Mr. Schutte is our largest shareholder and directly owns approximately 47.5% of our common stock (after giving effect to the exercise of warrants he holds). Mr. Schutte also controls Mainpointe Pharmaceuticals LLC, or MainPointe. In March 2017, we granted MainPointe an exclusive license to our Impede® technology to commercialize our Nexafed® and Nexafed® Sinus Pressure + Pain Products in the United States and Canada. MainPointe also has options to expand the territory and for other covered products for additional sums.
Mr. Schutte and Oxford previously entered into a subordination agreement, approved by us and APT pursuant to which Mr. Schutte subordinated our obligations under the Schutte Note to our obligations to Oxford under the Loan Agreement.
Certain statements in this Report constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to:
|·||our ability to fund or obtain funding for our continuing operations, including the development of our products utilizing our Limitx and Impede technologies;|
|·||our ability to remain in compliance with our obligations under our term loan with Oxford Finance LLC, or to obtain a waiver from Oxford Finance LLC for our failure to comply with our covenants contained in such term loan agreement;|
|·||the expected results of clinical studies relating to LTX-03, a Limitx hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen combination product, or any successor product candidate, the date by which such studies will be complete and the results will be available and whether LTX-03 will ultimately receive FDA approval;|
|·||whether Limitx will retard the release of opioid active ingredients as dose levels increase;|
|·||whether the extent to which products formulated with the Limitx technology deter abuse will be determined sufficient by the FDA to support approval or labelling describing abuse deterrent features;|
|·||whether our Limitx technology can be expanded into extended-release formulations;|
|·||our and our licensee’s ability to successfully launch and commercialize our products and technologies, including Oxaydo® Tablets and our Nexafed® products;|
|·||the pricing and price discounting that may be offered by Egalet for Oxaydo;|
|·||the results of our development of our Limitx Technology;|
|·||our or our licensees’ ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals and commercialize products utilizing our technologies;|
|·||the market acceptance of, timing of commercial launch and competitive environment for any of our products;|
|·||expectations regarding potential market share for our products;|
|·||our ability to develop and enter into additional license agreements for our product candidates using our technologies;|
|·||our exposure to product liability and other lawsuits in connection with the commercialization of our products;|
|·||the increasing cost of insurance and the availability of product liability insurance coverage;|
|·||the ability to avoid infringement of patents, trademarks and other proprietary rights of third parties;|
|·||the ability of our patents to protect our products from generic competition and our ability to protect and enforce our patent rights in any paragraph IV patent infringement litigation;|
|·||whether the FDA will agree with or accept the results of our studies for our product candidates;|
|·||the ability to fulfill the FDA requirements for approving our product candidates for commercial manufacturing and distribution in the United States, including, without limitation, the adequacy of the results of the laboratory and clinical studies completed to date, the results of laboratory and clinical studies we may complete in the future to support FDA approval of our product candidates and the sufficiency of our development process to meet over-the-counter (“OTC”) Monograph standards, as applicable;|
|·||the adequacy of the development program for our product candidates, including whether additional clinical studies will be required to support FDA approval of our product candidates;|
|·||changes in regulatory requirements;|
|·||adverse safety findings relating to our commercialized products or product candidates in development;|
|·||whether the FDA will agree with our analysis of our clinical and laboratory studies;|
|·||whether further studies of our product candidates will be required to support FDA approval;|
|·||whether or when we are able to obtain FDA approval of labeling for our product candidates for the proposed indications and whether we will be able to promote the features of our abuse discouraging technologies; and|
|·||whether Oxaydo or our Aversion and Limitx product candidates will ultimately deter abuse in commercial settings and whether our Nexafed products and Impede technology product candidates will disrupt the processing of pseudoephedrine into methamphetamine.|
|Item 2.03||Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.|
The contents of Item 1.01 are incorporated herein by reference.
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.
|ACURA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Peter A. Clemens|
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Date: August 2, 2018