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


June 28, 2019

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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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class     Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value     ACUR OTC - PINK







Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On June 28, 2019, Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“we” “Acura” or the “Company”) entered into a License, Development and Commercialization Agreement (the "Agreement") with Abuse Deterrent Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a Kentucky limited liability company (“AD Pharma”), a special purpose company organized by investors that will provide financing, as described below, for Acura’s operations and completion of development of LTX-03 (hydrocodone bitartrate with acetaminophen) immediate-release tablets utilizing Acura’s patented LIMITx™ technology which addresses the consequences of excess oral administration of opioid tablets, the most prevalent route of opioid overdose and abuse.


The Agreement grants AD Pharma exclusive commercialization rights in the United States to LTX-03. The Agreement provides for monthly license payments by AD Pharma to us of $350,000 up to the earlier of 18 months or FDA’s acceptance of a New Drug Application (“NDA”) for LTX-03 and reimbursement by AP Pharma of Acura’s LTX-03 outside development expenses. Upon commercialization, as defined, of LTX-03, Acura will receive stepped-up royalties on sales and is eligible for additional payments based upon the achievement of certain milestones.


AD Pharma may terminate the Agreement at any time. Additionally, if the NDA for LTX-03 is not accepted by the FDA within 18 months, AD Pharma may terminate the Agreement and take ownership of the intellectual property rights of the Company to LTX-03.


The inclusion of a description of the Agreement under Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be deemed an acknowledgement that the Agreement is a material agreement not made, or deemed not to be made, in the ordinary course of our business.


Item 1.01 Loan Agreement with John Schutte


On June 28, 2019, we entered into a Promissory Note with John Schutte that consolidated existing promissory notes into a single Note for $6.0 million. Terms of the consolidated loan provide for a July 1, 2023 maturity date rather than the previous maturity date of January 2, 2020 for the loan from Mr. Schutte, interest at fixed rate of 7.5% per annum, and deferral of all payments of principal and interest to maturity. We also granted to Mr. Schutte conversion rights of the $6.0 million loan into Acura common stock at $0.16 per share, issued to him a warrant to purchase 10.0 million shares of the Company’s common stock at a price of $0.01 per share and granted a security interest in all Acura assets.


With our consent, Mr. Schutte assigned and transferred to AD Pharma all of his right, title and interest in this Note, Security Agreement and Warrant effective June 28, 2019.


The shares issuable to AD Pharma upon conversion of the Note and exercise of the Warrant represent 69% of the shares of the Company calculated in accordance with Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act.


Item 1.01 License, Commercialization and Option Agreement with MainPointe Pharmaceuticals, LLC


On June 28, 2019, we granted authority to MainPointe Pharmaceuticals, LLC (MainPointe) to assign to AD Pharma the option and the right to add, as an Option Product to the Nexafed® Agreement, a Nexafed® 12-hour dosage (an extended-release pseudoephedrine hydrochloride product utilizing the IMPEDE® Technology in 120mg dosage strength). 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.


Mr. Schutte is our largest shareholder and, as of March 15, 2018, to our knowledge beneficially owned approximately 47.5% of our common stock (after giving effect to the exercise of warrants to purchase 1,782,531 shares of Common Stock that he holds). Mr. Schutte also controls MainPointe and, we have been informed by Mr. Schutte, is a member of AD Pharma. The percentage of stock beneficially owned by Mr. Schutte does not include shares beneficially owned by AD Pharma.


Item 2.01 Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets


The contents of Item 1.01 are incorporated herein by reference.


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.





Item 3.02 Unregistered Sales of Equity


On June 28, 2019, we issued a $6 million note convertible into 37,500,000 shares of our Common Stock (at a conversion price of $.16 per share) and warrants to purchase 10 million shares of common stock at $.01 per share. The note and warrants were issued in reliance upon Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The purchase, nature of the transaction and consideration are described in Item 1.01 which is incorporated herein by reference.


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;
· whether our licensees will terminate the license prior to commercialization;
· the expected results of clinical studies relating to LTX-03, IMPEDE ER or any successor product candidate, the date by which such studies will complete and the results will be available and whether any product candidate will ultimately receive FDA approval;
· the ability of LTX-03 single tablets to achieve bioequivalence or to demonstrate efficacy in a clinical study;
· whether our licensing partners will exercise their options to additional products;
· 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 mitigate respiratory depression risk will be determined sufficient by the FDA;
· our and our licensee’s ability to successfully launch and commercialize our products and technologies;
· our and our licensee’s 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;
· our ability to develop and enter into additional license agreements for our product candidates using our technologies;
· 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;
· the adequacy of the development program for our product candidates, including whether additional clinical studies will be required to support an NDA and FDA approval of our product candidates;
· changes in regulatory requirements;
· adverse safety findings relating to our commercialized products or product candidates in development;
· 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 technologies; and
· whether our product candidates will ultimately perform as intended in commercial settings.



Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits


Exhibit Number   Description
99.1   Press Release of the Registrant dated July 2, 2019







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: July 5, 2019




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