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What: The new trading year came in with a loud thud for Inspire Pharmaceuticals
So what: In a late-stage trial, Inspire's cystic fibrosis drug candidate failed both primary and secondary goals. Patients in another study are also being recommended to discontinue use of the drug.
Now what: Management is looking at making "possible strategic directional changes," not exactly a good sign for investors heading into 2011. The news today was a shock to almost everyone, and after similar disappointing results from Prolacria last year, Inspire isn't giving investors much to cheer about. Management will give a corporate update in mid-February and I'll stay away from the stock at least until that update.
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