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Inspire ends denufosol retinal program

This article was originally published in Pharmaceutical Approvals Monthly

Executive Summary

Inspire discontinues its Phase II pilot trials of the P2Y2 agonist denufosol (INS37217) for macular edema "and has no plans to conduct any further studies of denufosol for the treatment of retinal disease," the firm says Jan. 20. Data in two studies "did not demonstrate improvement in either reduction or retinal thickness or improvement in visual acuity." While the trials have been halted, Inspire will follow treated patients for one year. The company announced Jan. 30 that it is moving denufosol into Phase III for treatment of cystic fibrosis. Inspire has another P2Y2 agent, diquafosol, which is "approvable" for dry eye (1Pharmaceutical Approvals Monthly December 2005, p. 5)...

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