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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Settles Civil Fraud Claims Against Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. For Its Misleading Marketing Designed To Cause Prescriptions Of Azasite For Non-Fda Approved Uses

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General's ("HHS-OIG") New York Region, announced today that the United States has settled civil fraud claims under the False Claims Act and common law against INSPIRE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. ("INSPIRE"). According to the allegations of the complaint, although the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") had approved AzaSite only for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis, a bacterial infection of the eye more commonly known as pink eye, INSPIRE sought to generate more revenue by aggressively marketing the drug for the non-FDA-approved treatment of blepharitis, a different eye condition involving inflammation of the eyelids.


Action Details

  • Date:June 17, 2015
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions