Health Care & Insurance

Marcadia may fetch up to $537 million in sale

February 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
The December sale of Carmel-based Marcadia Biotech to Roche garnered at least $287 million—and as much as $537 million—for the company’s owners and could lead the Marcadia management team to launch a firm using one of Marcadia’s experimental diabetes medicines.
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House passes measure fixing unemployment fund

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House approved a bill Monday to help fix the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund by reducing jobless benefits for some people and softening tax increases on businesses.
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Florida judge strikes down health care overhaul

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration's health care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states, including Indiana, that sued to block it.
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Execs from WellPoint, peers meet to hone health-law lobby

January 31, 2011
Bloomberg News
Top executives from WellPoint Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. are meeting almost monthly with their counterparts from Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp. and Humana Inc. in an informal lobbying alliance aimed at blunting parts of the health-care law, say sources with knowledge of the sessions.
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Mini Thin marketer slapped with suitRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Carmel man whose Mini Thin dietary supplement was sold through convenience stores nationwide before the government banned its active ingredient now faces allegations of bankruptcy fraud.
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King Systems' two top execs exit company

January 28, 2011
Scott Olson
An executive at the Noblesville firm's parent company said the departures of CEO Don Dumoulin and Chief Financial Officer Yun Kim were the result of a "mutual agreement." A search is under way for replacements to lead one of the area's largest medical device manufacturers.
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Indiana Health Information Exchange hires new CEO

January 27, 2011
Scott Olson
Harold Apple takes over for J. Marc Overhage, who will remain with the organization as its chief strategic officer and national policy adviser. IHIE is one of four operational exchanges in Indiana that allows for the sharing of medical records electronically.
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Lilly's fourth-quarter profit surges, topping analysts' predictions

January 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker earned $1.2 billion in the quarter, compared with $915 million in the same period a year ago. Profit per share beat Wall Street forecasts by a penny.
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Q&A

January 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Chris Sears is a health care and employee-benefits attorney at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis. He spoke about how employers are sizing up health insurance reforms that hit in 2014, which would set up government-subsidized insurance as a new option for workers but also would penalize most employers if they stop sponsoring employee health benefits.
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Lilly product gets boost; Wall Street yawns

January 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. probably will get approval for its newly acquired imaging agent used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, but so far analysts are unimpressed.
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WellPoint profit better than analyst estimates

January 26, 2011
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
Excluding special charges, WellPoint’s profit fell 2 percent to $524.7 million in the fourth quarter from $536 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. But earnings per share improved thanks to stock buybacks.
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Head of Lilly's oncology unit resigning

January 25, 2011
John H. Johnson has been hired as CEO by East Brunswick, N.J.-based biotechnology company Savient Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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State lawmakers to take on unemployment insurance

January 24, 2011
Associated Press
Businesses with a history of laying off employees would pay more in unemployment insurance costs, and workers in industries where layoffs occur regularly would receive lower benefits under a bill Indiana lawmakers are preparing to take up.
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Vanderbilt rejected by high court on Cialis patents

January 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
Supreme Court justices on Monday left intact a ruling throwing out a lawsuit pressed by the Nashville, Tenn., university against Eli Lilly's Icos subsidiary.
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Zionsville retirement village plans $32 million expansion

January 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Hoosier Village Retirement Center in Zionsville announced plans Monday morning for a $32 million project that will expand its campus and allow the center to add 50 full-time workers.
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Indiana companies prepping for burst of acquisitions

January 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Conditions are ripe for a barrage of mergers and acquisitions to take place this year.
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Uptick in M&A activity suggests a turnaroundRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Fourth quarter helps to bolster 2010 deal-making.
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Lilly seeks to block imports of cancer drug copy

January 21, 2011
Bloomberg News
The local drugmaker told the International Trade Commission on Thursday that the generic version of Gemzar violates its patent on the process for making the active ingredient.
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Lilly imaging drug fails to win FDA panel's backing

January 21, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co.'s Amyvid isn't ready to be approved to detect Alzheimer's-related deposits in the brain, according to FDA advisors. The medicine could still be approved if Lilly establishes a training program and a way to ensure that the results of brain scans are read consistently, they said.
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Daniels' budget proposal wouldn't cut hearing aids

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
State budget director Adam Horst said he misspoke when he told the State Budget Committee last week that Daniels&' proposal would eliminate Medicaid coverage for hearing aids.
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Evans dreams big as Clarian becomes IU Health

January 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health, which is set to change its name to Indiana University Health on Jan. 24, is relying on the academic expertise of its downtown Indianapolis hospitals to pull in patients from a wider swath of the state and the nation.
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Down on luck, Lilly finds comfort in pets

January 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. continues to misfire on getting new human medicines approved, but its animal health unit is on a roll.
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Carmel firm gets FDA approval for lice treatment

January 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
ParaPRO LLC's treatment, called Natroba, has a potential U.S. market of 6 million to 12 million infected children annually.
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Health chief: Indiana needs more trauma center access

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
State Health Commissioner Greg Larkin says much of Indiana lacks the access to hospital trauma centers needed to treat victims of attacks like the one in Tucson that left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona critically injured.
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Lilly imaging drug isn't ready for approval, FDA says

January 18, 2011
Eli Lilly and Co.’s experimental drug to help identify plaque in the brain tied to Alzheimer's disease isn't ready for approval, according to U.S. regulators.
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