Health Care & Life Sciences

Congress passes historic health care bill

March 21, 2010
Associated Press
To pay for the changes, the legislation includes more than $400 billion in higher taxes over a decade, roughly half of it from a new Medicare payroll tax on individuals with incomes over $200,000 and couples over $250,000.
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Indiana food manufacturers ramp up safety precautions

March 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The peanut-borne salmonella outbreak of 2009 raised awareness about the risk of illness from unlikely sources. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the last time a seemingly innocuous ingredient made people sick, and prompted recalls.
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Simon Property Group adds Glasscock to board

March 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former WellPoint Inc. leader Larry Glasscock has joined the board of directors of the Indianapolis-based real estate giant.
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Lilly sues to block generic of Adcirca lung treatment

March 17, 2010
Bloomberg News
Netherlands-based Synthon Pharmaceuticals is seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to sell a copy of the medicine.
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IU incubator attracts East Coast biotech startup

March 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Companion Diagnostics Inc. moves from Connecticut to the IU Emerging Technologies Center, hopes to create 30 high-paying jobs by 2014.
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WellPoint expects loss of 400,000 insured members this year

March 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based health insurer expects revenue, profit to fall as persistently high unemployment reduces employer-sponsored insurance enrollment.
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Indiana health groups dial back lobbying

March 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indiana health-related companies were somewhat absent from the lobbying bonanza that gripped Washington, D.C., in 2009. For all the heat and light about health reform, major Indiana companies actually spent slightly less to lobby Congress.
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Wishard debt $80M below 'best' scenario

March 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Historically low bond rates will help the parent corporation of Wishard Health Services build hospital for less money than expected.
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St. Francis acquires orthopedic surgery practice

March 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has acquired Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana, a six-doctor practice that operates in St. Francis' Mooresville hospital.
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Lilly victim of theft from Connecticut warehouse

March 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Pharmaceuticals stolen Sunday morning could be worth up to $75 million.
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Lilly pays $50M-plus for rights to testosterone lotion

March 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Lilly will pay Acrux of West Melbourne, Australia, a $50 million license fee, plus $3 million when manufacturing assets are transferred, but the deal could be worth millions more.
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WellPoint affiliate ordered to pay $206K for transplant

March 16, 2010
Associated Press
Blue Cross of California has been ordered to reimburse a man $206,000 after he paid for his own liver transplant.
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Community Health Network Foundation names new CEO

March 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Michele Thomas Dole has been a wealth adviser at JP Morgan Chase and development director of the IU Foundation.
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FDA says 'not yet' on Lilly's once-weekly Byetta

March 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Regulators won't require more time-consuming tests of the drug, but want Eli Lilly and Co. and its partners to clarify labeling, manufacturing processes.
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Chances of health reform passage soar

March 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
By pounding health insurers such as WellPoint Inc., President Obama has greatly boosted his chances of success in the eyes of Wall Street. But to make his health reform bill reality, he might need to answer the less-than-reassuring news coming from Massachusetts.
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Doctors fighting insurers with data

March 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis Medical Society hopes an online database that compares one doctor's reimbursement rates against market averages helps its members negotiate with health plans.
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Health care software firm raises $1.15 million

March 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based PolicyStat LLC raised $1.15 million in angel capital from 31 individuals and Halo Capital Group.
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Indiana closer to eliminating anti-smoking agency

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The plan approved by the Republican-controlled Senate would transfer the duties of the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation board to the State Department of Health.
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WellPoint may be anti-competitive, Connecticut AG says

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.'s Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut may constrain competition through contracts that require that the insurer receives hospital discounts at least as favorable as any provided to a competitor.
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Eli Lilly to buy European rights to Pfizer animal products

March 8, 2010
Scott Olson
The acquisition will benefit Elanco, Lilly's animal health division in Greenfield, which has become increasingly important to Lilly as it braces for patent-protection losses.
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Dow AgroSciences considered expansion elsewhere

March 5, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Agricultural biotech firm hired a site-selection consultant and considered other cities around the world for its $340 million expansion.
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Sebelius asks insurers to justify rate hikes

March 4, 2010
Associated Press
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met at the White House with the CEOs of Indianapolis-based WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealth Group, as well as several state insurance commissioners.
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Dow Agro plans $340M expansion, 577 new jobs

March 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The investment will greatly expand the company's research and development capacity and is a major win for the Indiana life sciences industry. Dow AgroSciences expects most of the positions to pay between $65,000 and $95,000 annually.
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Ex-Lilly medical director named state health commissioner

March 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Dr. Gregory N. Larkin, the former global medical director at Eli Lilly and Co., will replace Dr. Judy Monroe, who is leaving to become deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Cornelius to retire as Bristol-Myers Squibb CEO

March 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The former Guidant Corp. CEO and long-time Eli Lilly exec said he and his family will be returning to Indianapolis.
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