On August 5, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General ("HHS-OIG") notified Forest Laboratories Inc. CEO Howard Solomon that it would not seek his exclusion from federal health care programs. According to a Forest press release, the HHS-OIG, in its notice to Solomon, stated that it had "decided to close this case" without pursuing Solomon's exclusion "[b]ased on a review of the information in our file and consideration of the information that your attorneys provided to us, both in writing and during an in-person meeting." The HHS-OIG had notified Solomon of his proposed exclusion in April 2011, and Forest had supported Solomon in his defense.