Health Care & Insurance

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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Expanding hospitals target Bloomington

August 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Monroe Hospital in Bloomington is the latest target in the statewide buildup by hospital systems. St. Vincent Health, St. Francis and at least one other system have all had talks in the past month with Monroe.
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Q&A

August 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Kevin Macadaeg, vice president of the Indiana Spine Group, talked about his physician group's decision to build a 60,000-square-foot medical office and "bioskills" lab in Carmel next year, as well as the group's commitment to grow independently in the face of pressures from hospital acquisitions and health reform.
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Bad news piles up for Lilly

August 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
What a tough week for Lilly. On Aug. 12, a judge struck down the Indianapolis-based drugmaker’s U.S. patent on Strattera, which might cost the company about $450 million in annual revenue. Then, five days later, Lilly halted clinical trials on one of its experimental Alzheimer’s medicines, because patients did worse on the drug than on a placebo.
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Visteon ordered to reinstate health care to retirees

August 17, 2010
Bloomberg News
The mandate from a U.S. bankruptcy judge will supply retroactive benefits to more than 6,000 Visteon Corp. retirees who lost insurance coverage after the Michigan-based auto-parts maker filed for bankruptcy in 2009, including 2,100 workers in Indiana.
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