Health Care & Insurance

Indiana to get share of Botox settlement

September 3, 2010
Associated Press
Botox maker Allergan Inc. said it would pay $600 million to settle a years-long federal investigation into its marketing of the drug. Indiana will get $636,000 of that money.
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Indianapolis software firm RealMed acquired

September 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Health care software firm RealMed Corp. will keep its base of operations in Indianapolis after being acquired by health information exchange provider Availity LLC of Jacksonville, Fla. Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed.
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Downtown Clarian project expected to create 1,200 jobs

September 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Neurosciences center and administrative building would employ workers with annual salaries ranging from $27,000 for clerical staff to as high as $104,000 for management.
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Partnership gives Angie's List members medical price info

September 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Angie’s List has partnered with Tennessee-based Healthcare Blue Book to give its members price information before they receive medical care.
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After health reform, Lilly looking for more

September 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
The health reform debate may have ended in Congress, but Eli Lilly and Co. remains active, sponsoring a talk about the positives of the bill—and calling for further government efforts to help pharmaceutical research and development.
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Former Hilbert mansion draws local interest in auction

August 31, 2010
Scott Olson
Sealed-bid auction attracts a half-dozen bids from interested owners that are "more centrally located than you might think," said the listing agent.
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Some states suing feds also claim health subsidies

August 31, 2010
Associated Press
An administration official said Tuesday that seven states, including Indiana, suing the federal government are among 16 already approved for subsidies to help with the health care costs of early retirees.
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Indiana report shows drop in medical errors

August 30, 2010
Associated Press
The most common error in the 2009 report was a foreign object such as a sponge left in a patient after surgery.
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A half-century later, Indiana Landmarks returns to roots

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
Old Centrum Watch VideoBankrolled by yet another multimillionaire, the historic preservation group is preparing to move into a new headquarters in Old Centrum, a former church now undergoing a big renovation.
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iSalus sees business boom as docs chase stimulus cash

August 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The company is seeing a rush of new sales for its Web-based electronic medical record system from doctors, who all stand to receive bonus payments from the federal stimulus act for computerizing their patient records.
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Endocyte's $86M IPO plan a boon for Indiana, investors

August 28, 2010
Greg Andrews
Venture capitalists in Indiana and nationally have thrown money at the company with abandon. Local investors include CID Capital, Clarian Health Ventures and the Indiana Future Fund.
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New McGowan takes helm of insurance agency

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
McGowan Insurance was founded in 1930 by William McGowan, who led it until his death in 1977.
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Bid deadline looms for former Hilbert mansion

August 27, 2010
The 25,000-square-foot mansion once owned by Conseco Inc. founder Stephen Hilbert was listed five years ago at $20 million—and about half that in recent months. Now the property is being sold in a sealed-bid auction, and offers are due Friday.
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Health insurer cash shifts to favor Republicans before election

August 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
Health insurers led by WellPoint Inc. are backing Republicans with campaign donations by an 8-to-1 margin, favoring the party that's promised to repeal President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul if it wins back Congress.
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Lilly wins further delay in sales of Strattera copies

August 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
Strattera generated U.S. sales of $445.6 million last year, and each day that Lilly can fend off generic competition would translate into an average $1.22 million in sales.
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California OKs Anthem rate hike after controversy

August 25, 2010
Associated Press
The California Department of Insurance said Wednesday it approved a rate increase averaging about 14 percent for Anthem Blue Cross customers. The department also OK'd a nearly 19-percent increase for Blue Shield of California.
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Estimate puts Indiana health overhaul costs at $3.1B

August 25, 2010
Associated Press
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy and acting Insurance Commissioner Stephen Robertson have sent Gov. Mitch Daniels a letter that now estimates the overhaul will cost Indiana $235 million more than the previous estimate in May.
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Diabetes research pioneer Kirtley dies at 96

August 25, 2010
Associated Press
Diabetics who control their disease with pills instead of frequent insulin injections can thank Dr. William R. Kirtley, a groundbreaking Eli Lilly researcher.
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VA hospital, health-info exchange enter pilot project

August 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Indiana Health Information Exchange are going to work to make their medical record systems talk to each other in a pilot project spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Health costs surge despite weak inflation

August 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
Ben Bernanke may be worried about deflation in the economy, but there’s certainly no chance of it in health care and insurance. Employers’ health plan premiums surged another 8 percent this year, according to results from a massive survey by Indianapolis-based United Benefit Advisors.
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Lilly woes take notch out of debt rating

August 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
Even with debt levels at Eli Lilly and Co. at paltry lows, a string of bad news finally forced Standard & Poor’s to lower its rating on the company’s senior unsecured debt. But the New York-based agency said it believes the Indianapolis-based drugmaker will eventually break its string of bad luck on developing new products.
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Lilly gains panel's backing to expand Cymbalta use

August 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted 8-6 Thursday in favor of a broader use of Cymbalta on the basis of studies in lower back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee.
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Lilly wins temporary ban on sales of Strattera copies

August 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
The invalidation of Lilly's Strattera patent opened the door for as many as 10 companies to sell generic versions of the drug, which generated U.S. sales of $445.6 million last year as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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Cancer drug developer Endocyte files for IPO

August 18, 2010
Scott Olson
The company, headquartered at Purdue Research Park, said the number of shares to be offered and their price range have yet to be determined.
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Lilly Alzheimer's drug prospect only the latest to fail

August 18, 2010
Bloomberg News
A dozen potential products designed to slow or stop clumps of protein from forming in the brain, a condition linked to the disease since 1906, have failed in mid- to late-stage testing since 2003.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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