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WellPoint CEO: Insurer preparing for technology wave

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
In a wide-ranging interview, WellPoint Inc. CEO Joseph Swedish says adapting to technology is a top priority as he leads the nation's second largest health insurer.
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Medical device maker to hire 112 in Plainfield

July 1, 2014
Mason King
Global firm Covidien LP plans to consolidate U.S. operations for servicing its medical devices in central Indiana, renovating its existing 70,000-square-foot facility in the process.
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Reimbursement snag trips up local DNA testing firmRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
J.K. Wall
Strand Diagnostics LLC's Know Error test uses DNA analysis to make sure a tissue sample that has been declared cancerous does, indeed, belong to the patient doctors think it does. But Strand is having trouble convincing Medicare that the test is medically necessary.
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Lilly wins EU backing for version of insulin drug

June 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Lantus, which garnered $7.8 billion in sales for Paris-based Sanofi in 2013, loses patent protection in Europe in May next year.
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IU Health to merge 2 downtown hospitals

June 20, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health wants to merge two of its big downtown hospitals—University and Methodist—into one location, meaning either one or both would close or be converted to another use.
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Former Riley Hospital CEO Pescovitz to join Eli Lilly

June 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
Dr. Ora Pescovitz is returning to Indianapolis after spending the past five years as CEO of the University of Michigan Health System.
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Lilly consolidated into testosterone drug lawsuit

June 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The decision to collect cases before one court comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will re-examine the safety of testosterone-replacement drugs after studies showed the medicine posed an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
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Republicans offer alternative VA health care bill

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
A bill proposed by four Senate Republicans would give veterans more flexibility to see a private doctor if they are forced to wait too long for an appointment at a Veterans Affairs hospital or clinic.
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Costly drugs force cancer docs to weigh price with therapy

May 30, 2014
Bloomberg News
With new cancer drugs priced as high as $10,000 a month, and insurers tightening payment rules, patients who thought they were well covered increasingly find themselves having to make life-altering decisions about what they can afford.
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OurHealth to add employer clinics, 450 jobs by 2018

May 28, 2014
J.K. Wall
The 5-year-old firm has pledged to invest $20 million to double the size of its corporate headquarters in Indianapolis and lease real estate for a series of 3,500-square-foot health clinics across the state.
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Lilly, Sanofi seek to sell erection drug Cialis without prescription

May 28, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Sanofi will apply for approval of Cialis as an over-the-counter treatment in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. The drug garnered $2.16 billion in sales last year.
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Ex-Lilly partner wins latest suit over Actos' cancer risk

May 23, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical was found not liable for the bladder cancer of two women who used its Actos diabetes medication in the company's latest trial over the drug. Actos was marketed for Takeda in the United States by Eli Lilly and Co. from July 1999 to March 2006.
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Takeda denies hiding Actos cancer risks in Nevada trial

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. didn’t hide the alleged bladder-cancer risks of its diabetes medicine Actos, a lawyer for the company told a jury. Actos was marketed for Takeda in the United States by Eli Lilly and Co. from July 1999 to March 2006.
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Drugmaker hid diabetes drug’s cancer risks, lawyer says

May 19, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. executives covered up the cancer risks of its diabetes medicine Actos to protect billions of dollars in sales, a lawyer for two women argued.
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UPDATE: AstraZeneca board rejects new offer from Pfizer

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
Pfizer's proposed deal would have been the richest acquisition ever among drugmakers and the third-biggest deal in any industry, according to figures from research firm Dealogic.
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Lilly to appeal $450M ruling over poisoned workers in Brazil

May 12, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Brazilian federal prosecutors had accused a Lilly subsidiary of incinerating toxic waste at the plant that it operated until 2003.
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Lilly says its once-daily insulin tops competitor's drug

May 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly & Co. said its experimental insulin helped diabetic patients more than Sanofi’s biggest product in studies that also raised some safety risks.
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U.S. House votes to revive expired research tax credit

May 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The 274-131 vote follows calls to restore the credit by a coalition of companies including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and Texas Instruments Inc.
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Bayer’s $14.2 billion Merck buy shows pharma strategy split

May 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
Bayer AG's $14.2 billion acquisition of Merck & Co. is the latest in a series of big pharma deals and it exposes a deepening split in the way drugmakers approach their portfolios.
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Endocyte shares plunge 60 percent after drug trial is stopped

May 2, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Endocyte Inc.'s stock fell more than 60 percent in early trading Friday after the drug it’s developing with Merck & Co.’s backing failed to help patients in a trial for ovarian cancer.
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Drug prices surge as generics, niche treatments eat profit

May 1, 2014
Bloomberg News
Since 2007, the cost of brand-name medicines has jumped, with prices doubling for dozens of established drugs that target everything from multiple sclerosis to cancer, blood pressure and even erections, according to an analysis conducted for Bloomberg News.
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Roche battles payment cuts while growing diagnostics business

April 28, 2014
J.K. Wall

Life Sciences Burris
                           interview Watch VideoNew tests have helped Roche Diagnostics grow its North American revenue, excluding its troubled diabetes care business, 23 percent over the past five years. But the money for diagnostic tests continues to go down in key areas, noted CFO Wayne Burris.

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Lilly trade-secret defendants released to home detention

April 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
The court noted that after the government filed a second indictment March 12, the trade-secret theft claims against Guoqing Cao and Shuyu Li were changed to wire fraud, and aiding and abetting and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
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Zimmer buying Biomet in $13.3B deal between Hoosier firms

April 24, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Orthopedic device maker Zimmer Holdings Inc. is buying privately-held competitor Biomet Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal between the Warsaw-based companies valued at about $13.35 billion.
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Investor pressure pushing drugmakers to make deals

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
Tuesday's blockbuster deal involving Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. was just the latest of several that have taken place since the beginning of the year.
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  1. President Obama has referred to the ACA as "Obamacare" any number of times; one thing it is not, if you don't qualify for a subsidy, is "affordable".

  2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

  3. Eating there years ago the food was decent, nothing to write home about. Weird thing was Javier tried to pass off the story the way he ended up in Indy was he took a bus he thought was going to Minneapolis. This seems to be the same story from the founder of Acapulco Joe's. Stopped going as I never really did trust him after that or the quality of what being served.

  4. Indianapolis...the city of cricket, chains, crime and call centers!

  5. "In real life, a farmer wants his livestock as happy and health as possible. Such treatment give the best financial return." I have to disagree. What's in the farmer's best interest is to raise as many animals as possible as quickly as possible as cheaply as possible. There is a reason grass-fed beef is more expensive than corn-fed beef: it costs more to raise. Since consumers often want more food for lower prices, the incentive is for farmers to maximize their production while minimizing their costs. Obviously, having very sick or dead animals does not help the farmer, however, so there is a line somewhere. Where that line is drawn is the question.

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