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Inspire will be shedding tears over Prolacria failure

Date January 25, 2010

The story of dry eye treatment Prolacria is long and convoluted, and unfortunately one that looks unlikely to have a happy ending. Last week, its developer Inspire Pharmaceuticals, which has been trying to win approval from the FDA since 2003, announced that a fourth phase III trial had failed; the product must surely now be heading for the R&D dustbin.

Inspire cannot be faulted for effort; despite two approvable letters over the years it has pushed on, even validating a new clinical endpoint in an attempt to get the product to the market, and as such expectations were pretty low for this product. Attention will now turn to the remainder of Inspire’s pipeline which should generate some interesting data in the coming months, and hopefully compensate for the loss of Prolacria.

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