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DALLAS, April 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- announces an investment report featuring Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq:ISPH). The report includes financial, comparative and investment analyses, and industry information you need to know to make an educated investment decision.

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Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ISPH) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing ophthalmic products. Its strategy is to create a sustainable portfolio of products by leveraging its commercial capabilities and pipeline assets and pursuing corporate development and licensing opportunities. The Company's specialty eye care sales force generates revenue from the promotion of Azasite (azithromycin ophthalmic solution) 1% for bacterial conjunctivitis. The Company receives royalties based on net sales of Restasis (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) 0.05% and Diquas Ophthalmic Solution 3% (diquafosol tetrasodium) in Japan. In 2010, the company generated double digit revenue growth for the sixth consecutive year from its eye care business, driven by a 36% increase in Azasite prescriptions, continued Elestat sales and Restasis royalties.

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In the report, the analyst notes:

"Shares of ISPH traded higher yesterday on news that it would be acquired by Merck for $430 million. The deal, which is expected to expand Merck's ophthalmology business, values ISPH at $5 per share, marking a 26% premium to the stock's closing price on Monday."

"ISPH's key product is Azasite, which is a treatment for pinkeye cause by bacteria. It also receives royalties on sales of Allergan Inc.'s dry-eye drug Restasis. Azasite had $42.7 million in revenue in 2010, an increase of 22% compared to $35.0 million recognized in 2009."

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