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Cara Therapeutics to Present at the 2015 International Conference on Opioids

SHELTON, Conn., June 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cara Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CARA), a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing new chemical entities designed to alleviate pain and pruritus by selectively targeting kappa opioid receptors, today announced that Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Stauffer will present data from the Company's human abuse liability study of I.V. CR845 during a poster session at the International Conference on Opioids (ICOO 2015), being held June 7-9 in Boston, MA. CR845 is Cara's first-in-class peripherally-selective kappa opioid receptor agonist, which has potential to be the only Schedule V or non-scheduled opioid for acute pain.

The poster presentation details are as follows:

Title: "CR845, a novel peripherally-acting kappa opioid receptor agonist, has low abuse potential compared with pentazocine"
Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Times: 10:00 – 10:30 a.m., 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., and 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Second Floor, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Poster Number: 48
Speaker: Joseph Stauffer, D.O., M.B.A., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer, Cara Therapeutics

The poster will be on display from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 8.

For more information about ICOO 2015, please visit http://www.opioidconference.org.

About CR845

CR845 is a peripherally acting kappa opioid receptor agonist currently in development for the treatment of acute and chronic pain and uremic pruritus. In multiple randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 trials in patients undergoing laparoscopic hysterectomy or bunionectomy procedures, I.V. CR845 treatment resulted in statistically significant reductions in pain intensity and opioid-related side effects. In over 400 subjects dosed to date, I.V. CR845 was found to be safe and well tolerated, without incurring the dysphoric and psychotomimetic side effects that have been reported with centrally acting (CNS-active) kappa opioid receptor agonists. In a human abuse liability trial, I.V. CR845 met the primary endpoint showing highly statistically significant reductions (p < 0.0001) in scores for "drug liking," as well as "feeling high," "overall liking," and "take drug again" when compared to I.V. pentazocine, a Schedule IV opioid analgesic.

About Cara Therapeutics

Cara Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing new chemical entities designed to alleviate pain and pruritus by selectively targeting kappa opioid receptors. Cara is developing a novel and proprietary class of product candidates that target the body's peripheral nervous system and have demonstrated efficacy in patients with moderate-to-severe pain without inducing many of the undesirable side effects typically associated with currently available pain therapeutics.

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Source:Cara Therapeutics