Health Care & Insurance

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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Lilly's Cymbalta helps chronic pain in U.S. review

August 17, 2010
Bloomberg News
Approval for the millions of Americans with chronic back or knee pain may add more than $500 million, or 16 percent, to Cymbalta's annual sales.
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Lilly halts development of Alzheimer's drug

August 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Studies showed that the treatment did not slow the disease's progression. It's just the latest setback for the pharmaceutical giant, which lost a patent lawsuit over a major drug last week and faces an unprecedented number of patent expirations through 2014.
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WellPoint, other health insurers race to join accountable care groupsRestricted Content

August 14, 2010
J.K. Wall
The health care industry is responding to reforms that will pay doctors bonuses if they provide high-quality care and save Medicare money.
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Life sciences panel pegs bright spots in IndianaRestricted Content

August 14, 2010
Leaders tackle issues ranging from research to cold storage to the future of Eli Lilly and Co.
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Eli Lilly loses patent lawsuit for Strattera

August 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. on Thursday lowered its revenue outlook for the year after it lost a patent lawsuit over its attention deficit hyperactivity drug Strattera. The patent had been set to expire in May 2017. Lilly plans to appeal.
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Roche hit with new breed of patent suit

August 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics, a Swiss company that keeps its U.S. headquarters in Indianapolis, has been sued for marking its Accu-Chek blood glucose monitors and accessories with patents that are expired. Illinois resident David O’Neill has sued on behalf of the U.S. government to recover damages of $500 per infraction.
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For Lilly, it's a big one that got away

August 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
An experimental medicine for hepatitis C that Lilly helped identify and develop is now on the cusp of market approval, with analysts predicting as much as $2 billion in annual U.S. sales.
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WellPoint boosts debt offering to $1 billion

August 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Proceeds from the sale will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes, including debt repayment, the company said in a prospectus.
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Court defeat lost in Lilly's gloomy long-term outlook

August 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.'s loss of a patent on one of its blockbuster drugs in court late last month received a collective yawn from investors, who have shunned the stock because of five looming patent expirations.
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Arcadia sees smaller loss, extends WellPoint pact

August 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based health care firm reaches agreement to offer its DailyMed product to more WellPoint Inc. health plan members.
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Former commerce chief lands at local company

August 4, 2010
Scott Olson
Nate Feltman, former state secretary of commerce, has left his partnership position at Baker & Daniels LLP to become president of Home Health Depot LLP, a growing home-medical-equipment supplier.
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Analyst: Arcadia sales poised to take off

August 4, 2010
J.K. Wall
Arcadia Resources’ DailyMed business will grow revenue 10-fold in the next three years and push the Indianapolis-based company into profitability, according to a research report by the first analyst to officially cover the company.
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CNO Financial profits surge 20 percent, beating expectations

August 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer earned $33.1 million in the three months ended June 30, or 12 cents per diluted share. Excluding losses on investments and retired debt, the company would have earned 16 cents per share.
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Wellness-based development would be first of kind here

August 3, 2010
Tom Harton
Satori Pointe is being marketed as a campus where medical offices, fitness-oriented retailers and residents would co-exist.
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WellPoint, peers focus on health reform rules, campaign

August 3, 2010
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and three other health insurers, criticized by Democrats during the health care reform debate, are seeking to influence how the new law will be implemented, and possibly change it, by campaigning for supportive congressional candidates.
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Senator asks Zimmer for info about product complaints

July 31, 2010
Bloomberg News
Inquiry stemmed from an article in the New York Times about a dispute between the Warsaw-based maker of artificial hip and knee joints and two of its consultants.
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Lilly among bidders for Denmark company, source says

July 30, 2010
Bloomberg News
Copenhagen-based health-care company Ascendis Pharma A/S received offers of about $400 million, an unidentified source said. Ascendis may choose a final bidder by early September.
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Hill-Rom raises profit forecast after quarterly earnings jump

July 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Batesville-based maker of hospital beds and furniture announced Wednesday night that it earned $30.6 million in its third quarter, up from $20.2 million in the same quarter of 2009.
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Baldwin profit falls on smaller investment returns

July 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based insurer of truck and car fleets earned $5 million in the quarter ended June 30, down from $14.2 million in the same quarter a year ago.
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Investors fear insurers' rosy outlook will boost regulators' scrutiny

July 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. became the third U.S. health insurer this month to increase its 2010 profit forecast, stirring investor concern that state and federal regulators may increase scrutiny of industry pricing.
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Exchanges sprout around the country

July 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
When the Indiana Health Information Exchange launched in 2004, it was one of nine truly operational exchanges around the country. Today, the Indianapolis-based organization is one of 73, according to the latest national survey by the eHealth Initiative.
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WellPoint gains confidence as profits rise

July 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer raised its full-year profit forecast after it earned $722.4 million, 4 percent higher than during the same quarter a year ago. Revenue and health plan membership fell.
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Survey: Many hospital patients in dark about debt-relief options

July 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Marion County survey finds 80 percent of respondents in debt to local hospitals, with about half saying they were never informed about the availability of charity care or payment plans.
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