Health Care & Life Sciences

Blood Center retrenches after losing major clients to Red Cross

August 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Blood Center is set to lose more than one-third of its revenue early next year, as three hospital systems bolt for cheaper prices offered by the American Red Cross.
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Colts helping train high school coachesRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Thanks to $40,000 donated by the Indianapolis Colts, USA Football’s Heads Up Football safety program will be offered to all Indiana high school football coaches in 2015.
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More Indiana options coming on insurance exchange

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Officials say Indiana residents will have more than triple the number of health insurance plans to choose from when the federal insurance exchange enrollment period starts in November. A a 5-percent average increase in exchange premiums is expected.
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Lilly, partner lose appeal to overturn $9 billion Actos court award

August 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly and Co. lost a bid to have a judge throw out a combined $9 billion punitive-damage award over claims the drugmakers hid the cancer risks of their Actos diabetes medicine.
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Franciscan cuts its way to higher profits

August 25, 2014
J.K. Wall
Franciscan Alliance, which operates three hospitals in the Indianapolis area, is seeing fewer patients this year but is making more money due to expense cuts.
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Mainstreet torques up expansion ambitions

August 23, 2014
J.K. Wall
Mainstreet Property Group, already the fastest-growing company in the Indianapolis area, now has the fuel it needs to nearly triple its pace of construction of senior care facilities around the country.
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Health commissioner resigns for personal reasons

August 22, 2014
Associated Press
Dr. William VanNess said Friday he plans to stay on the job until Gov. Pence finds a replacement, saying he likely will stay on until early October.
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EMS service to lay off 361 workers in central Indiana

August 21, 2014
Mason King
Rural/Metro Corp. says the changing health care landscape and the challenges of covering rural communities are forcing it to end its area ambulance services. It's also closing a billing operations center in Indianapolis.
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After strong trials, Lilly to seek approvals for psoriasis drug

August 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
The drug company said Thursday its drug ixekizumab cleared away skin inflammation in six times as many patients as the blockbuster drug Enbrel. Lilly is in a race to bring the first in a new-class of psoriasis treatments to market.
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Lilly wins tentative approval for diabetes drug

August 20, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Final approval could be delayed until mid-2016 due to a claim of patent infringement by drugmaker Sanofi.
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Cardinal Health unit seeks tax breaks for local drug facility

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health Inc. is seeking tax breaks from the city of Indianapolis to help it open a $14.4 million local drug-production facility that would employ 85 workers by 2017.
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EMS company to end most Indiana services

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
Rural/Metro Corp. is going to stop serving more than 30 communities in Indiana. Martinsville Mayor Phil Deckard said the company will end service within 60 days.
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Lilly among those eyeing antibiotic maker Cubist, analyst says

August 18, 2014
Bloomberg News
The rising threat from drug-resistant germs and increasing calls from global health groups for more potent antibiotics is placing a premium on companies such as Cubist. The $4.8 billion drug developer is preparing to introduce four new medicines by 2020.
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Rebates shrink as Anthem gets better at pricing

August 18, 2014
J.K. Wall
Hoosiers are receiving $11.9 million in rebates this year from health insurers that used less than 80 percent of their 2013 premiums for medical bills last year. That’s down from $22.6 million handed out last year.
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Eli Lilly making renewed push in biotech field, where it once pioneered

August 16, 2014
J.K. Wall
Lilly expects to soon announce late-stage clinical trial results for two biotech drugs designed to slow the inflammation caused by autoimmune diseases. By the end of the year, it will announce results for a third.
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Eli Lilly to close Terre Haute animal enzyme plant

August 14, 2014
Associated Press
The plant closure will affect 23 plant employees, all of whom will be offered comparable positions at a Lilly plant near Clinton that employs about 500 workers.
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Mainstreet's Turner to sell REIT in $2.3B deal

August 13, 2014
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
HealthLease Properties REIT, which is led by Mainstreet Property's Zeke Turner, will be sold to Ohio-based Health Care REIT Inc., along with 17 projects Mainstreet has under construction. The deal includes 45 future projects.
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Indiana challenge to Obamacare tax-credit rule can go forward

August 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence in Indianapolis on Tuesday denied an IRS bid to dismiss that portion of the state’s 2013 lawsuit, in which it claimed the rule illegally conflicts with a provision of the federal law.
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WellPoint to change corporate name back to Anthem

August 12, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The name change will be completed by the end of the year, pending shareholder approval, the company said Tuesday.
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Struggling hospital finds buyer, enters bankruptcy protection

August 12, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Bloomington’s Monroe Hospital, which has had a close relationship with Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health, filed for bankruptcy reorganization on Friday and plans to sell its business to a Canadian operator.
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Cuts, price hikes fuel IU Health's quarterly profit

August 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
The decline in patient visits slowed a bit for Indiana University Health in the second quarter, allowing the hospital system to use a price increase and cost cuts to significantly boost its operating profit.
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Indy startup has rare disease in its sights

August 9, 2014
J.K. Wall
Founders of Chondrial Therapeutics believe that if further testing validates their treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia, it could be a blockbuster with annual sales topping $1 billion.
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Boost for vets' health: Obama signs new law

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday.
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Hospital services center to hire up to 320 workers

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
An affiliate of Lutheran Health Network in northeast Indiana that concentrates on health-related businesses services expects to nearly triple its workforce.
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Vote would let big conferences set their own rules

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA board of directors will vote Thursday on a proposal that would give the five wealthiest college football conferences the ability to make rules and pass legislation without the approval of the rest of Division I schools.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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