Health Care Businesses

Express Scripts’ Medco deal may be delayed by potential suit

March 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Express Scripts Inc.’s bid to acquire Medco Health Solutions Inc. and create the largest U.S. pharmacy-benefits manager may be delayed by a lawsuit being considered by five states.
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FTC asks critics of Express Scripts-Medco deal for ideas

March 10, 2012
Bloomberg News
Two pharmacy groups opposing Express Scripts Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Medco Health Solutions Inc. said they were asked by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to suggest ways to revise the $29.1 billion deal so it wouldn’t harm competition.
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Lilly to try again to remove poison-pill provisions

March 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.'s board is once again recommending the removal of a provision that makes the company an almost impossible target for hostile takeovers. The same proposal has fallen slightly short at each of the past two annual shareholder meetings.
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Arcadia: Don't buy our stock

March 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Arcadia Resources Inc. is telling shareholders not to buy its stock because it is out of cash and faces a $40 million pile of debt that comes due on April 1.
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FDA removes hurdle in Endocyte's path to drug approval

March 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Endocyte Inc. can start enrolling patients again in a clinical trial of its experimental cancer drug, the company announced Monday, clearing away a hurdle to getting the drug approved in Europe.
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Anthem seeking state rule change allowing doctors to practice onlineRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has renewed its push to bring online care to the Indiana market, including video. It has asked the state’s Medical Licensing Board to relax a 2003 rule that stands in its way.
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New drugmaker code deprives docs of football, lunch for 2

March 1, 2012
Bloomberg News
Doctors can still get free samples of medicines, but not football tickets or lunch for their spouses, under a revised code of conduct drafted by a global drug industry trade group that counts Eli Lilly as a member.
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Lilly plans 200 jobs at new $440M Ireland plant

February 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. plans to invest about $440 million in a new pharmaceutical plant at an existing company site in County Cork in southern Ireland. The facility in Kinsale will require as many as 200 skilled employees when fully operational.
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SynCare files anticipated bankruptcy

February 22, 2012
The once fast-growing, Indianapolis-based disease-management company listed in court papers on Tuesday liabilities of nearly $5.7 million and assets of just $125,864.
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Economy could lift drug, device firms

February 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
The U.S. economy is showing signs of bouncing back and, if it does, look for drugmakers and medical-device companies to benefit. But if the economy has another summer stall like last year, expect health insurers to benefit.
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Drugmakers singing same song: 2012 will be tough

February 2, 2012
Associated Press
For drugmakers, the golden era of the 1990s and early part of the last decade, when they seemed to effortlessly churn out new multibillion-dollar pills for the masses along with double-digit quarterly profit increases, is not even in the rearview mirror any more.
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Lilly eying deal with Turkish drug company

January 31, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. is among about a half-dozen companies interested in buying a stake in Mustafa Nevzat Ilac Sanayii AS in a deal that may value the Turkish drugmaker at $1 billion, sources say.
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Eli Lilly unit plans to buy feed-enzyme maker

January 24, 2012
Associated Press
Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co.'s Elanco animal health division plans to buy a privately held maker of feed-enzyme products that improve poultry, egg and meat production.
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French breast-implant recall could sway U.S. device debate

January 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
U.S. medical device makers have spent the last year urging government officials to approve high-risk products faster, like their European counterparts. A scandal over leaking breast implants made in France, however, may make the argument more difficult.
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Lilly's Zyprexa pact with health providers wins approval

January 12, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. has won approval of a $4.5 million settlement with five union health funds and an insurer that alleged improper marketing of the company's best-selling medication, Zyprexa, raised their costs.
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Once-rising star AIT Laboratories now cutting jobs

January 11, 2012
Chris O'Malley
AIT Laboratories, one of the area’s fastest-growing companies in recent years, confirmed Tuesday that it is eliminating jobs, but would not say how many. The company said it is restructuring.
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Boston lawsuit claims DES-breast cancer link

January 8, 2012
Associated Press
Fifty-three women from around the country are suing drug companies, including Eli Lilly and Co., who made and promoted DES for millions of pregnant women from about 1938 to the early 1970s.
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Healthx receives $22M capital infusion

January 6, 2012
Frontier Capital in Charlotte, N.C., provided the funding that will support the continued expansion of Healthx, a local provider of online health care portals.
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Lilly's 2012 earnings forecast misses analyst estimates

January 5, 2012
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. provided a 2012 earnings forecast Thursday morning that missed analyst estimates by a wide margin, sending shares down.
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Lilly challenging Biogen patent in London lawsuit

January 5, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. has sued Biogen Idec Inc. in a London court to revoke a European patent on a potential treatment for immune-system diseases.
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Walgreen expects to lose most Express Scripts biz

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Drugstore operator Walgreen Co. said Thursday it expects to lose almost 90 percent of prescriptions handled by pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. after it leaves Express Scripts' networks on Jan. 1.
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Endocyte shares plunge on clinical trial results

December 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
Shares of Endocyte Inc. plummeted more than 60 percent Tuesday morning after clinical trial results showed the company’s experimental ovarian cancer drug led to shorter survival times than treatment with a standard cancer drug.
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Lilly shares rise on possibility for Alzheimer’s drug

December 7, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. stock rose to a one-month high Tuesday after an analyst said the possible success of the company’s experimental Alzheimer’s drug could double the share price.
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Q&A

December 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Carmel resident David Wasilewski has launched WhatNext, a website that uses algorithms to make it easier for cancer patients to connect with others in similar circumstances. Wasilewski, 39, spent eight years as chief operating officer of the Spanx line of body shapers and did health care consulting before that. In addition to helping patients, he thinks WhatNext can become a way for health care organizations share their expertise with patients in need.
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Takeda, Lilly may face thousands of suits over Actos claims

December 1, 2011
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and marketing co-partner Eli Lilly and Co. may face as many as 10,000 lawsuits in U.S. courts over allegations that their Actos diabetes drug causes bladder cancer.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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