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Planned Parenthood affiliates in Indiana, Kentucky to merge

June 10, 2013
Mason King
The new not-for-profit organization is expected to be named Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky—or PPINK—and continue to operate the 28 existing health centers between the two states.
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IU Health agrees to sell occupational health clinics

June 7, 2013
J.K. Wall
US HealthWorks Medical Group, which specializes in workers' compensation cases, agreed in May to acquire the eight clinics. The deal is expected to close before the end of June.
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Drug sold by Lilly tops Avastin in colon cancer survival study

June 3, 2013
Bloomberg News
Patients who got Erbitux together with chemotherapy as a first-line treatment lived about four months longer than those who got Avastin with chemotherapy, according to the 592-person study.
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Lilly study: 1 in 5 Alzheimer's patients misdiagnosed

May 20, 2013
J.K. Wall
The study results, which will be released Monday afternoon, are part of Indianapolis-based Lilly’s campaign to get Medicare to pay for use of its brain imaging agent Amyvid.
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Work stops on Greenwood pharmaceutical plant

May 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Greenwood officials three years ago approved $8.4 million of incentives for the Elona Biotechnologies project, including the construction loan.
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Canada’s Supreme Court won’t hear Lilly appeal on Zyprexa

May 16, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly claims recent decisions by Canadian courts invalidating 17 drug patents have made the country an outlier among major developed countries.
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Lechleiter's surgery to repair heart goes as planned

May 14, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter underwent a scheduled surgery Monday for a heart defect, and the repair to the aorta is functioning as intended, the Indianapolis-based drugmaker said.
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Study rebuts hospitals' argument on Medicare, rising costs

May 13, 2013
Rather than raising prices on private health insurers to make up for inadequate payments from the government, hospitals across the country have been raising prices just because they can, according to a new study.
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Lilly stops development on cancer drug after failed study

May 10, 2013
Bloomberg News
The drug, enzastaurin, was in the most advanced stage of testing and had been expected to generate $260 million in annual sales by 2018.
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Warner Transitional Services to close, lay off 112

May 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Warner relies on funds from the Indiana Family and Social Administration, but the FSSA recently decided to end that funding after numerous complaints against the company went unresolved.
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Indiana firms lose ground on Fortune 500 list

May 7, 2013
Mason King
Five of the six Hoosier firms that appear in the 2013 rankings slipped from their positions in last year's list of the largest U.S. companies.
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Lilly CEO to step down temporarily due to surgery

May 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
John Lechleiter has been suffering from a dilated aorta, Eli Lilly and Co. said Monday. Current CFO Derica Rice will take his place until later this summer.
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Lilly's sales-force restructuring to affect 1,600-plus

May 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
Lilly will eliminate 1,624 positions from its U.S. sales force in July, according to a notice the company made to state officials. But some of those workers may be rehired by the firm.
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Lilly taking hard look at Pfizer's new Viagra strategy

May 6, 2013
Associated Press
Major drugmakers, including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., are closely watching Pfizer Inc.'s plan to sell Viagra directly to consumers. The bold move blows up the drug industry's distribution model.
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Nora pharmacy recalls compounded drugs

April 23, 2013
Associated Press
A pharmacy that makes specialty medications is recalling nearly 100 compounded drugs after federal regulators found potential safety problems during an inspection.
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Lilly on the rise as investors run back to pharma stocks

April 22, 2013
J.K. Wall
Investors are gaining confidence in the ability of major drugmakers, including Eli Lilly and Co., to improve their pipelines of new products. The big pharma firms begin to report first-quarter earnings this week.
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Lilly's $30.6M tax abatement request clears hurdle

April 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The pharmaceutical firm has $400 million in projects in the works for its facilities south of downtown. City officials have advanced its request for tax breaks to a public hearing and final consideration May 1.
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Lilly seeks $30.6M in tax breaks on downtown projects

April 15, 2013
Mason King
Indianapolis development officials on Wednesday will weigh the 10-year requests from the pharmaceuticals giant related to a new manufacturing plant and improvements to existing operations downtown.
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Analysts: Lilly faces 'ugly' period until its pipeline produces

April 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
Investor smiles about new experimental cancer drugs and an aggressive play for the animal health market in China turned to frowns after Lilly disclosed deep cuts to its U.S. sales force.
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Expected revenue slump spurs Lilly to cut sales force

April 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis pharmaceuticals giant said Thursday that it would lay off hundreds of U.S. sales reps, as it prepares for the loss of patent protection on two of its best-selling drugs.
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Tyco: No proof Lilly thieves used security report

April 8, 2013
Associated Press
Lawyers for a security company being sued in the theft of $60 million worth of pharmaceuticals from an Eli Lilly and Co. warehouse in Connecticut say there's no proof the thieves used a report it prepared about security weaknesses in the building.
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Kelley School launching MBA for midcareer physicians

April 4, 2013
Bloomberg News
The idea behind the program, which starts in September, is that doctors can no longer leave the business aspect of their jobs to the finance guys while maintaining their integrity as healers.
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Lilly warehouse thieves had security report, lawsuit says

April 2, 2013
Associated Press
A federal lawsuit contends that thieves who broke into an Eli Lilly and Co. warehouse in Connecticut three years ago and stole more than $60 million worth of drugs obtained a copy of a report that revealed weaknesses in the building's security system.
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Lilly to spend $180M doubling size of Indy plant

April 2, 2013
The new investment will bring the plant's total price tag to $320 million as the pharmaceutical giant seeks to increase production of insulin and related products.
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Indiana's health care transparency laws get failing grade

April 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana’s laws requiring hospitals to release price information are woefully inadequate, according to a report by two health insurance reform groups. Indiana was among 29 states to receive an "F" grade.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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