Health Care & Insurance

WellPoint to pay $100,000 over data breach

July 5, 2011
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. will pay $100,000 and take other steps after admitting it waited months to notify 32,000 Indiana customers that their Social Security numbers, health records and other personal information might have been exposed online.
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Timing good for 2-in-1 biotech drugs

July 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.’s foray into combination drugs is well-timed because the company could take advantage of some the world’s most successful biotech medicines, which are about to see their patents expire.
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R&D spending soars above value of new drugs

July 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
To understand the depths of the pharmaceutical industry’s recent struggles, consider this: The industry has been spending $57 billion more per year on research and development than the value of the products it has been launching. That’s a problem.
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Lilly asks judge to reject U.K. Zyprexa case

July 5, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co., the Indianapolis-based drugmaker whose best-selling schizophrenia medicine Zyprexa survived a patent challenge in Britain two years ago, has asked a United Kingdom judge to reject a parallel lawsuit by a generic drug company.
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IU Health loses CFO to larger hospital system

July 1, 2011
J.K. Wall
Marvin Pember, 58, is taking a new job near Philadelphia as the president of the acute care division of Universal Health Services Inc., a publicly traded company with 22 acute hospitals and numerous behavioral health centers spread from coast to coast.
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Contractor wins $14.5M judgment against State Farm

July 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A Hamilton County jury sided with Joseph Radcliff in his lengthy legal battle with the insurer following a 2006 hailstorm that caused severe damage in central Indiana. State Farm accused Radcliff of fraud.
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Lilly plans 10 drugs in final-stage trials by year's end

June 30, 2011
Bloomberg News
Lilly has 33 drugs in the second and third stages of clinical trials, including medicines for cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, up from seven in 2005, the Indianapolis-based company said Thursday.
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Future bleak for Arcadia as cash crunch forces sale of business unit

June 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Arcadia Resources Inc.’s auditor issued a “going-concern” warning Tuesday in the once-promising company’s annual report.
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Tornadoes latest catastrophe to hit insurer's books

June 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Baldwin & Lyons Inc. expects to lose another $10 million due to worldwide catastrophes that occurred in the first half of the year, the Indianapolis-based property and casualty insurer reported Tuesday.
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State appeals injunction blocking abortion law

June 28, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's attorney general has appealed a judge's decision blocking part of new abortion law that took away some of the public funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana.
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Community Health eyes expansion as it closes Westview merger

June 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
As part of its agreement to add Westview Hospital to its system, Community Health Network will assume $10 million in debt, spend $7.5 million on upgrades, and help open an outpatient center in Speedway, the two hospitals announced Tuesday morning.
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Lilly plans more investment in two-in-one drugs

June 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly on Tuesday will announce a multimillion-dollar investment to develop drugs that act like two medicines in one. Lilly plans to add more scientists to back the effort.
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How to sell Martinsville to MDs

June 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
Help with physician recruitment is a big factor pushing small-city hospitals into the arms of Indianapolis’ four major hospital systems. So how do the big boys entice doctors to the small towns?
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Q&A

June 27, 2011
J.K. Wall

Jim Alender has been CEO of Howard Regional Health System in Kokomo since 1997. He recently negotiated a letter of intent to merge the hospital with Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health. He spoke about the major factors that led to that decision, and the benefits he hopes to come from it. The deal, which still requires approval from Howard County officials, could close before the end of this year.

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Zyprexa appeal rejected by Supreme Court

June 27, 2011
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to revive a bid to press a $6.8 billion class-action suit against Eli Lilly and Co. over the marketing of Zyprexa, the company’s schizophrenia treatment.
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Lilly, partner find no Bydureon effect on heart rhythm

June 27, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co., Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Alkermes Inc. said an analysis of a 148-patient trial found no evidence that their experimental Bydureon diabetes drug causes prolonged heart rhythms.
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Tomisue Hilbert settles suit over $15M policyRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Tomisue Hilbert quietly settled a 3-year-old lawsuit last month over whether a controversial life insurance policy issued in 2006 on her mother, Suzy Tomlinson, was valid, and whether the beneficiary of the policy, J.B. Carlson, committed fraud.
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Lilly diabetes pill recommended for EU approval

June 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. and Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH’s Trajenta medicine for Type 2 diabetes has been recommended for approval in Europe, putting the drug on track to enter the region’s market this year.
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WellPoint goes online to educate about ER use

June 24, 2011
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. has enlisted Google Maps for new websites that help patients think twice before they visit an emergency room for care that a less-expensive retail health clinic could handle.
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Lilly CEO: Immigration, tax laws slow innovation

June 23, 2011
Bloomberg News
The U.S. government needs to open its borders to attract and retain talented scientists for drugmakers to employ, Eli Lilly & Co. CEO John Lechleiter plans to tell a technology conference Thursday.
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Report: State's life science sector continues to grow

June 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A total of 220 life sciences startups have been launched in Indiana since 2004, or an average of 44 per year, according to a new report from BioCrossroads that tracked the industry’s growth over the last eight years.
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Groups call for probe of St. Francis hospital over charity care

June 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Citizens Action Coalition Education Fund and Indiana Legal Services Inc. claim that “a good number” of Indianapolis south-side residents who should have qualified for reduced or waived bills at St. Francis were instead steered into payments plans.
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Wishard to be renamed after $40M gift from developer

June 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Wishard Health Services will change its name to Eskenazi Health after receiving a $40 million gift from Indianapolis real estate developer Sidney Eskenazi and his wife Lois, the county-owned hospital announced Wednesday morning.
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EU approves Lilly's weekly diabetes drug Bydureon

June 21, 2011
Associated Press
European Union regulators have approved the first once-per-week diabetes medication, the companies that developed the drug said Tuesday.
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Planned Parenthood stops seeing Medicaid patients

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood of Indiana is no longer seeing Medicaid patients because a federal judge hasn't ruled yet on its attempt to block a new Indiana law cutting funding for certain abortion providers, officials said Monday.
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