Health Care Businesses

Lilly competitor Novo investing $100M in China

September 24, 2012
Bloomberg News
Novo Nordisk A/S, the world’s largest insulin maker, plans to spend $100 million on research in China. The move follows a similar one by Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly, which opened a 150-person research center in Shanghai in May.
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Ten drugmakers team up to improve testing process

September 19, 2012
Associated Press
Pharmaceutical industry heavyweights, including Eli Lilly and Co., are teaming up to improve the way experimental drugs are tested so they can get approved, and reach patients, faster.
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FDA drug-review deal may unravel as fiscal cliff looms

September 10, 2012
Bloomberg News
A $6.4 billion accord for U.S. drug and medical-device reviews is set to unravel just three months after taking effect as lawmakers squabble over budget cutbacks.
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Lilly’s Alimta fails to extend survival in lung cancer study

September 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. said Thursday that its cancer drug Alimta didn’t extend overall survival when combined with Roche Holding AG’s Avastin in patients with a form of lung tumor.
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Eli Lilly's top lawyer to retire at end of year

August 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. said Thursday its general counsel, Robert Armitage, will retire at the end of the year and be replaced by deputy general counsel Michael Harrington.
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Lilly stops testing of experimental schizophrenia drug

August 29, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. halted testing on an experimental treatment for schizophrenia after the company determined the drug was unlikely to show a benefit in patients.
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Records for 55,000 patients stolen from oncology group

August 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Cancer Care Group in Indianapolis said a laptop computer bag containing private information on as many as 55,000 patients has been stolen.
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Lilly's Alzheimer's finding triggers investor hope, doctor caution

August 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
While investors supported the sliver of promise offered when Eli Lilly and Co. said its Alzheimer’s drug may slow progression early in the disease, doctors weren’t as impressed, saying it could take years to find out for sure.
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Lilly wins appeal upholding patent for Alimta cancer drug

August 24, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. won a U.S. appeals court ruling that upholds the validity of a patent for the lung-cancer drug Alimta and blocks generic competition through 2017. Alimta generated $2.5 billion in sales last year.
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Alzheimer's drug results leave Lilly 'excited' but uncertain

August 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
The surprise positive effect shown by an experimental Alzheimer’s drug “excited” executives at Eli Lilly and Co., but it raised as many questions as it answered.
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Humane Society clinic to open with even bigger goal in mind

August 22, 2012
Dan Human
The Humane Society of Indianapolis is ready to open its new Animal Welfare Center in Haughville, featuring a low-cost vaccination clinic. The group wants to raise $750,000 to add a low-cost spay-and-neuter clinic to the center.
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Lilly to book $790M Amylin payment in third quarter

August 9, 2012
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. will book about $790 million in pretax income in the third quarter thanks to an early payment from former drug development partner Amylin Pharmaceuticals.
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Lilly stock slips after competitors halt Alzheimer's plans

August 7, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Pfizer Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Elan Corp. are ending most plans to develop an Alzheimer’s drug after a second trial failure. Eli Lilly is developing a similar treatment.
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Cautious hospitals trouble Hill-Rom

July 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
The investor drubbing sustained by Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. last week stemmed not so much from the new acquisition it announced as from the gloomy outlook in the North American hospital market.
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Cook Medical shelves Midwest expansion plans

July 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
Life Sciences Cook Yonkman watch videoCook Medical Inc. had been planning to open five new manufacturing plants over the next five years in small communities around the Midwest, including Indiana, but has shelved those plans because of the hit it will take from a new U.S. tax on medical devices.
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Hill-Rom stock swoons after $400M acquisition

July 26, 2012
Associated Press
Investors reacted negatively Thursday after medical equipment and hospital bed maker Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. on Wednesday said it was acquiring Aspen Surgical Products for $400 million.
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Potential Alzheimer’s drug fails first of four key trials

July 24, 2012
Bloomberg News
Bapineuzumab is in a race with a similar product from Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. to become the first therapy to target a cause for Alzheimer’s, rather than just its symptoms.
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Survey: Solo practices nearly gone

July 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
Only 1 percent of the jobs given to Texas-based Merritt Hawkins over the past year were for solo practitioners, the physician recruiting firm reported this month. That’s down from 22 percent of all searches in 2004.
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WellPoint agrees to pay for 3 children to get gene test

July 12, 2012
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. said it will pay for DNA testing for three children to see if they have an inherited heart disease their father suffers from that often strikes without warning, reversing an earlier decision to deny coverage.
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Potential Lilly antipsychotic falls short in study

July 11, 2012
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. said a potential treatment for acute schizophrenia failed in a late-stage study that compared patients taking the drug to those taking a placebo.
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Competing Alzheimer's treatments facing long odds

July 11, 2012
Bloomberg News
Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer Inc. and Elan Corp are racing Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. to market the first broadly available drug designed to target a cause of Alzheimer's, rather than just its symptoms. Analysts say the potential drugs are long shots.
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Zoeller goes after closed Allcare Dental chain

July 10, 2012
Indiana Lawyer Staff
A chain of dental offices that abruptly closed multiple Indiana locations in December 2010 left patients without care, refunds or records, according to a complaint filed by the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.
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Lilly gets 6-month Cymbalta marketing extension

July 6, 2012
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. said Friday that it has received an extra six months of marketing exclusivity on the antidepressant Cymbalta, its biggest selling drug. The extension could mean more than a billion dollars in sales for the Indianapolis drug maker.
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Lilly cancer treatment fails trial in stomach cancer

July 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Erbitux, a cancer treatment made by Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co.'s Imclone unit, failed to help patients with advanced stomach tumors in a late-stage clinical trial.
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Bristol-Myers to buy former Lilly partner Amylin for $5.3B

June 30, 2012
Bloomberg News
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has agreed to pay $5.3 billion to acquire former Eli Lilly and Co. partner Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., a maker of diabetes therapies. The deal is valued at about $7 billion, which includes Amylin’s debt and a payment to Eli Lilly and Co. of about $1.7 billion.
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