Health Care & Life Sciences

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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Indiana moves up in med tech rankings

June 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Medical technology companies employed 19,950 Hoosiers in 2007 and supported another 35,000 jobs in supplier companies, according to an analysis funded by an industry trade group.
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Indy firm launches bedsore weapon

June 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
The latest idea from Dr. James Spahn, an Indianapolis health care entrepreneur, should help hospitals and nursing homes do a better job of preventing severe bedsores, or pressure ulcers. That’s good, because Medicare and private health insurers increasingly won’t pay to treat them.
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Fairbanks Foundation gives $20M to IUPUI public health school

June 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is contributing $20 million to support IUPUI’s effort to open a school of public health.
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Research reforms will force Lilly, others to test how drugs stack upRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The federal government is currently doling out $1.1 billion in stimulus funds to pay for research that compares multiple medical treatments against one another to determine which is most effective. Drug companies like Eli Lilly and Co. are wary that comparative-effectiveness research could threaten their sales.
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Arcadia sees smaller quarterly, fiscal-year losses

June 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Despite losses, company sees growth in its DailyMed pharmacy services, which packages the right dosages of prescriptions to make it easier for patients to follow their regimens.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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