Health Care & Life Sciences

Obamacare shuffles market share in some states, report finds

March 18, 2014
Bloomberg News
A snapshot of Obamacare enrollment in seven states suggests the law hasn't significantly increased competition, but it has shuffled market share for some insurers, including Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.
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Hurdles remain for Roche Diagnostics on HPV test

March 17, 2014
J.K. Wall
Roche could enjoy a huge increase in sales of its HPV tests if all doctors and women followed a recommendation issued last week by an advisory committee at the FDA. But wrinkles in the U.S. health care system still present several big obstacles.
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Biomet plans $40.5 million upgrade, 150 jobs

March 16, 2014
Associated Press
Biomet's project calls for building renovations and adding 3-D printing and optical scanning technology. The Warsaw-based company would also upgrade an incubation center for surgeons interested in introducing a new product, technology or technique.
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Anthem, Franciscan sign accountable care contract

March 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has signed a new kind of contract with the Franciscan Alliance hospital system that allows Franciscan to make more money only if it saves money for Anthem.
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WellPoint getting unexpected competition from co-ops

March 13, 2014
Bloomberg News
Obamacare opponents predicted early on that insurance co-ops created by the law would fail, but several are doing well by combining low premiums with a certain homespun appeal.
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Lawmakers getting closer on nursing home moratorium

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
House Public Health Chairman Ed Clere said Tuesday that negotiators had found a compromise that would ban new construction for two years except in counties whose nursing homes are at 90-percent capacity or higher.
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Federal insurance enrollment up 36 percent in Indiana

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
Nearly 65,000 Indiana residents have signed up for private insurance under the federal health care law, but the number is still far short of initial projections as the open enrollment deadline nears.
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Companies, including WellPoint, use buybacks to boost stock

March 11, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Companies have been spending big on buybacks since the 1990s. What's new is the way buybacks have exaggerated the health of many companies.
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Purdue-based cancer imaging firm lands $15M in funding

March 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
OnTarget Laboratories LLC's technology was developed by Philip Low, a Purdue chemistry professor who also created the technology behind Endocyte Inc.
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Timing looks right for Biomet IPO

March 10, 2014
J.K. Wall
After private equity firms paid $11.4 billion for Biomet Inc. just months before the onset of a prolonged downturn, they are now trying to take the company public when U.S. consumer sentiment is on the upswing.
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Dow AgroSciences nears jackpot from genetic engineering

March 8, 2014
Dan Human
Dow AgroSciences LLC is spending millions of dollars and racking up hundreds of patents as its expands ever deeper in the burgeoning global market for genetically modified crops and pesticides.
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UIndy looking for developer for health sciences centerRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
J.K. Wall
UIndy would be the main tenant in the 134,000-square-foot building, which is expected to cost as much as $30 million.
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2014 Health Care Heroes: Timmy Global Health

March 6, 2014
Tom Harton
Community Achievement in Health Care Finalist
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2014 Health Care Heroes: Patient Health Coaching, Franciscan Visiting Nurse Service

March 6, 2014
Tom Harton
Community Achievement in Health Care Finalist
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2014 Health Care Heroes: Daughters of Charity

March 6, 2014
Tom Harton
Community Achievement in Health Care Winner
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Two-year extension offered for canceled health plans

March 5, 2014
Associated Press
The extension was part of a major package of regulations that sets ground rules for 2015, the second year of government-subsidized health insurance markets under Obama's law — and the first year that larger employers will face a requirement to provide coverage.
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Lilly diabetes drug rejected by FDA over manufacturing issue

March 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Lilly-Boehringer drug empagliflozin is projected to reach sales of $295 million for Lilly in 2019, but it won't be able to sell it until issues are resolved at a German plant.
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Insurers’ Obamacare losses may reach $5.5 billion, U.S. says

March 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
Health insurers such as Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and Louisville-based Humana Inc. stand to receive $5.5 billion next year to cover losses from Obamacare in a program the law’s opponents label a bailout.
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House passes moratorium on nursing home construction

March 3, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The bill passed 55-40 and now returns to the Indiana Senate, which has already passed the bill and can now approve changes made by the House or send the bill to a conference committee for further consideration.
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Analysts: Endocyte likely to receive green light on first drug this month

March 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
The European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use is scheduled to meet March 17-20, and analysts expect the agency to vote during that meeting to approve vintafolide, Endocyte’s first drug, which treats ovarian cancer.
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Indiana one of many states aiming to limit tanning

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers' efforts to crack down on the use of Indiana tanning beds this year are part of a national push to limit young people's exposure to risks that include skin cancer.
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Kentucky's largest health system makes major jobs cut

March 1, 2014
Associated Press
Hospital company KentuckyOne Health, which employs more than 14,000 people in Kentucky and southern Indiana, says it has laid off about 500 people.
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Tech firms dangle amenities to lure sought-after workersRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Dan Human
Industry goliaths in Silicon Valley have thrown lavish perks at employees for years. As employment in Indianapolis tech firms has skyrocketed in recent years, a lot more companies are looking for workers, heating up competition.
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Biosimilars bill passes House, heads to governor

February 25, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
Pharmacists would be able to substitute an interchangeable biosimilar drug for a prescribed name-brand product under a bill passed by the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday.
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Lilly diabetes drug matches competitors' effectiveness

February 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis drugmaker said dulaglutide performed as well as Victoza, a best-selling drug for Type 2 diabetics made by Denmark-based Novo Nordisk. Analysts think dulaglutide could reach annual sales of $1.5 billion.
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