Health Care & Life Sciences

Connecticut to probe WellPoint security breach

July 2, 2010
Bloomberg News
Attorney general seeks more details on the breach, which may have compromised financial and health information on almost 500,000 people. He also calls on the Indianapolis-based insurer to provide affected customers with credit monitoring and theft protection services.
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Wishard construction bids starting to flow

July 2, 2010
Scott Olson
About $72 million in bids have been awarded so far for the $754 million Wishard Hospital project—ahead of schedule and under budget, for the time being—including demolition and foundation work.
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Lilly acquires biotech company with pancreatic drug

July 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Massachusetts-based Alnara Pharmaceuticals Inc., which has attracted $55 million in venture capital in the past two years, recently submitted its drug to the FDA for market approval.
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Fort Wayne medical practice splits, following industry trend

July 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
More than 100 staff members of Indiana Medical Associates LLC likely will land at one of two area hospital systems. The move mirrors national and local consolidation of practices with hospitals.
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Grassley asks Lilly, peers about whistleblower treatment

July 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. Senator Charles Grassley asked 16 drugmakers, including Eli Lilly & Co., Pfizer Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc, to reveal how they treat whistleblowers who file complaints under the False Claims Act.
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Lilly's Effient steps forward, then back

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
A day after doctors were alerted to a black-box warning that could slow sales of Effient’s main competitor, Plavix, a medical journal published research showing that patients suffered 43-percent more cancer tumors on Effient than on Plavix.
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Doctors breathe a sigh of relief

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
As doctors threaten to drop Medicare patients, Congress delays cuts for another six months.
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Marcadia enlists Lilly to help develop new diabetes drug

June 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The two companies will jointly develop a short-acting glucagon drug, which they hope proves more convenient than Lilly’s current Glucagon for patients with severe hypoglycemia.
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Hoosier firms that rely on innovation pine for patent reform

June 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
One key change would grant patents to the first inventor to file an application, not the first who can prove to have made the invention first.
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WellPoint exec sees health insurer 'oligopoly' coming

June 24, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. health insurers are “moving towards an oligopoly,” a process that this year’s health-care overhaul will accelerate, the investor-relations chief at WellPoint Inc. said Thursday.
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OneAmerica to acquire McCready and Keene

June 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
McCready and Keene Inc. is the fifth-largest employee benefits firm in the Indianapolis area. It employs 95 people nationally, 82 of them in Indianapolis, according to IBJ research.
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Health Foundation hires development director

June 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Key Indianapolis Museum of Art fundraiser Kathy Nagler has been hired as the first development director for Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis.
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Hospital jobs keep growing in recession

June 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
Hospitals continued to be a stable and slightly growing source of jobs and wages in Indiana—for better and for worse. The sector paid $7.3 billion to 127,000 Hoosiers in 2008, according to the latest data from the American Hospital Association.
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Medicare cuts hit doctors as Congress feuds

June 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
Physician offices will begin receiving payments from the Medicare that are 21.3-percent below what they’ve been getting so far this year. Doctors still expect Congress to reverse the payment cuts, but physicians and the Medicare program will have to reprocess claims, costing both extra money.
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Q&A

June 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
David Stocum is the director of the Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine at the IUPUI School of Science. He and his team are studying how amphibians regenerate parts of their bodies to see if there are ways to induce humans to regenerate tissue that is lost or damaged. The center has about 20 researchers and funding of about $14 million to fuel its quest.
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Lilly layoffs pare communications department

June 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
The giant drugmaker is in the process of trimming 35 percent—or about 19 people—from its 55-person communications staff. Most of that staff is based in Indianapolis.
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Recession hammered revenue of Indiana's largest public companies

June 19, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Few escaped the Great Recession unscathed, and unusual circumstances helped some appear as though they did.
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Slow economy bruises profits of Indiana's largest public companiesRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Marc D. Allan
One-time events influenced bottom lines of some of the few companies that made more money in 2009.
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Indiana's biggest private companies majored in the basics in 2009Restricted Content

June 19, 2010
Martha P. Allan
Health care, plastics, other fundamental consumer needs kept some companies on upswings.
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Some Indiana entrepreneurs hit the gas pedal in tough timesRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Marc D. Allan, Martha P. Allan
What recession? Some firms are enjoying explosive growth.
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Braly's political skirmishes hurting insurer, critics say

June 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
When WellPoint Inc. named Angela Braly its CEO three years ago, it touted her experience dealing with politicians and government regulators. But WellPoint is now the poster child for health insurer bad behavior—credited in Washington with reviving a dead health reform bill the company opposed.
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Lilly, Amylin stock rises on drug postponement

June 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Roche Holding AG's decision to postpone its experimental diabetes drug is helping boost shares in Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. and drug partner Eli Lilly and Co.
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Advocates decry cuts to Indiana home health program

June 17, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Family and Social Services told Area Agencies on Aging that a 15-percent cut in funding for the program known as CHOICE will save about $7.3 million from the program's $48.8 million annual budget.
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WellPoint CFO says feds may phase in medical-spending rule

June 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. regulators may phase in requirements on how much health insurers spend on medical care to avoid pushing plans out of the market for people who buy their own coverage, WellPoint Inc.'s chief financial officer said Wednesday.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Clarian CEO on daily rounds

June 16, 2010
Mason King
Evans
                           Watch VideoDan Evans, president and CEO of Clarian Health, details his cure for losing sight of day-to-day operations, how he gauges his effectiveness, and two bits of crucial advice.
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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