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AcelRx Pharmaceuticals to Participate in Three Upcoming Investor Events

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACRX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of acute and breakthrough pain, today announced that Richard King, President and CEO will be presenting a Company update at three upcoming investor conferences.  Details of the three events are as follows:

BIO CEO & Investor Conference
Date:  Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Location:  Waldorf Astoria in New York, NY
Presentation Time:  9:00 am ET, 6:00 am PT

2014 RBC Capital Markets' Global Healthcare Conference
Date:  Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Location:  The New York Palace Hotel in New York, NY
Presentation Time:  10:00 am ET, 7:00 am PT

Cowen and Company 34th Annual Healthcare Conference
Date:  Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Location:  The Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA
Presentation Time:  8:40 am ET, 5:40 am PT

All three presentations will be webcast live and can be accessed through the Investors page at www.acelrx.com.  For those not available to listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the presentations will be archived for 90 days and available through the Investors page on www.acelrx.com.

About AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of acute and breakthrough pain. AcelRx's lead product candidate, Zalviso™, is designed to solve the problems associated with post-operative intravenous patient-controlled analgesia which has been shown to cause harm to patients following surgery because of the side effects of morphine, the invasive IV route of delivery and the complexity of infusion pumps. AcelRx has announced positive results from each of the three completed Phase 3 clinical trials for Zalviso, and has submitted an NDA to the FDA seeking approval for Zalviso in the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain in adult patients in the hospital setting. AcelRx has also announced positive top-line results for a Phase 2 trial for ARX-04, a product candidate for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain in a medically supervised setting, funded through a grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. The company has two additional pain treatment product candidates, ARX-02 and ARX-03, which have completed Phase 2 clinical development. For additional information about AcelRx's clinical programs, please visit www.acelrx.com

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements related to submission of the NDA for Zalviso,  planned or anticipated future clinical development of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals' product candidates, and the therapeutic potential of Zalviso and the anticipated timing, therapeutic and commercial potential of other AcelRx Pharmaceuticals' product candidates.  These forward-looking statements are based on AcelRx Pharmaceuticals' current expectations and inherently involve significant risks and uncertainties.  AcelRx Pharmaceuticals' actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks related to: AcelRx's ability to receive regulatory approval for Zalviso; any delays or inability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval of its product candidates, including Zalviso, in the United States and Europe; the success, cost and timing of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals' product development activities and clinical trials; the market potential for its product candidates; and other risks detailed in the "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in AcelRx's U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 5, 2013. AcelRx undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or changes in its expectations.

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