Health Care & Insurance

Eli Lilly's Elanco unit blossoming at just the right timeRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Greg Andrews
An investment firm projects that the Elanco animal-health business will generate sales of nearly $2 billion by 2012 and surpass $3 billion by 2018.
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Timmy Foundation changes name to reflect global reachRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The organization that organizes medical teams to serve overseas is now called Timmy Global Health.
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Lilly wins appeals court ruling in Strattera patent case

July 29, 2011
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., overturned Friday a judge’s decision that Lilly’s patent on attention-deficit treatment Strattera was invalid.
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Experts tell state panel marijuana prohibition has failed

July 28, 2011
Associated Press
A state panel heard from a parade of experts Thursday as it began studying whether to legalize marijuana in Indiana or reduce criminal penalties on small amounts of the drug.
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St. Vincent plans 200 jobs for Fishers expansion

July 28, 2011
The hospital system said it will expand its Medical Center Northeast facility to a 40-bed inpatient hospital. Construction is set to begin in September and should be completed by December 2012.
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Health care use trend may temper premium hikes

July 27, 2011
Associated Press
Consumers may catch a little break when their health insurance policies renew. Lower-than-expected use of health care has helped push insurer earnings higher and that may temper how much they increase premiums.
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CNO Financial sees quarterly profit soar, beating expectations

July 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer earned $59.5 million in the three months ended June 30, an increase of 80 percent from the same period a year ago.
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Dow AgroSciences reports record sales, higher earnings

July 27, 2011
Second-quarter revenue for the Indianapolis-based company increased 18 percent, to $1.5 billion. The company attributed the gain to higher prices and stronger demand for its products.
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WellPoint profit falls but exceeds Wall Street expectations

July 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based WellPoint earned $702 million in the latest quarter after earning $722 million a year ago. It also raised its full-year profit forecast.
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WellPoint insures two-thirds of Hoosier workers

July 25, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based WellPoint claimed 63 percent of all employees covered by small-group employers and 66 percent of the workers at large-group employers, according to Seattle-based actuarial firm Milliman Inc.
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Despite sales spike, Effient has middling prospects

July 25, 2011
J.K. Wall
Remember Effient? The blood thinner that was once Eli Lilly and Co.’s greatest post-Zyprexa hope and then, after a slow launch, was dismissed as an abject failure? Well, it’s turning out to defy both predictions.
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IU Health name change means business for tech firmsRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Clarian Health’s recent rebranding to Indiana University Health has been good business for at least three companies in Indianapolis’ so-called measured-marketing sector. Such firms help a company overhaul its website and make changes to the “tweetosphere” and other social media channels.
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Tech district could boost Indianapolis' convention businessRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association plans to attract more life sciences conferences.
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Lilly stock rises after drugmaker reports higher sales

July 21, 2011
Investors responded favorably Thursday to Eli Lilly and Co.’s surprisingly strong second-quarter revenue, even though its profit fell due to rapid spending on marketing and research.
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UPDATE: Medco acquisition could lead to local consolidation

July 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
It’s not yet clear how Express Scripts Inc.’s $29.1 billion acquisition of rival Medco Health Solutions will affect the companies’ central Indiana operations—or their 800-plus employees at two facilities here.
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Pfizer won’t break up animal unit for potential Lilly bid

July 21, 2011
Bloomberg News
Pfizer Inc., the world’s biggest drugmaker, said it isn’t interested in breaking up its animal health unit after Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. expressed interest in buying some of its products.
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Lilly profit falls, but forecast rises after second quarter

July 21, 2011
J.K. Wall
Second-quarter profit fell at Eli Lilly and Co., but the Indianapolis drugmaker beat the estimates of Wall Street analysts by a penny per share and raised its full-year profit forecast by as much as 10 cents per share.
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Primary care gets a new approach: prevention

July 20, 2011
Associated Press
A budding model for primary care that encourages the family doctor to act as a health coach who focuses as much on preventing illness as on treating it has shown promising results and saved insurers millions of dollars.
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Birth control coverage required in U.S. health plan

July 19, 2011
Health insurers led by WellPoint Inc. would be required to cover birth control pills and devices at no cost to patients under the recommendation of a top U.S. scientific advisory board. .
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Lilly: Alzheimer's patients on failed drug didn’t improve

July 19, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. said patients with Alzheimer’s disease whose conditions worsened upon taking the experimental drug semagacestat didn’t improve after dosing was halted.
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Court gives preliminary OK to WellPoint settlement

July 18, 2011
Associated Press
A California court has granted preliminary approval to a lawsuit settlement over an online security breach of health insurer WellPoint Inc.'s records.
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Not-for-profits vying with WellPoint may get $3.8B in loans

July 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
Not-for-profits that compete with insurers such as WellPoint Inc. are eligible for $3.8 billion in U.S. financing under the health law, and the government expects more than a third of the loans not to be repaid.
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Exchange could snag 1.1M Hoosiers

July 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
An estimated 1.1 million Hoosiers will obtain health insurance through a yet-to-be-created online exchange, according to the latest estimates from the task force guiding Indiana’s response to the 2010 health reform law.
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CBO: No great savings from health reform

July 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
Don’t expect the health reform law to tame health care costs. That’s the conclusion of the director of the Congressional Budget Office, who also suggested some of the simplest ways to moderate costs would be to roll back some of its key provisions.
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FDA says potential diabetes drug may cause cancer

July 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
Dapagliflozin would be the first in a new class of diabetes treatments called SGLT2-inhibitors that work by letting patients excrete excess blood sugar in their urine. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. is among several companies pursuing similar drugs.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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