Health Care

Miami man pleads guilty to $90M Lilly drug heist

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Thieves broke into the Connecticut warehouse of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. in 2010 by scaling an exterior wall and cutting a hole in the roof. They lowered themselves to the floor and disabled alarms before using a forklift to load pallets of drugs into a getaway vehicle.
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Feds mull covering Alzheimer's test that uses Lilly's Amyvid

July 1, 2013
Bloomberg News
The $3,000 test for the first time accurately identifies the signature brain plaques of the debilitating disease.
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Doctors caught in cost-cutting crossfireRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
J.K. Wall
Physicians employed by Indianapolis-area hospitals are likely to see their pay cut in the next few years unless the hospitals find new ways to be significantly more efficient.
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St. Vincent Health eliminating about 865 jobs in Indiana

June 28, 2013
J.K. Wall
It was not clear how many workers were losing their jobs in the Indianapolis area. However, people familiar with the cuts said the reductions were heavy in the administrative ranks, and many of those jobs are on the city's north side.
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Answer on Indiana Medicaid plan could take some time

June 25, 2013
Associated Press
The head of the state Family and Social Services Administration said Tuesday that the federal government is expected to approve an extension of the Healthy Indiana Plan, but a request to use the plan for an Indiana Medicaid expansion could take much longer.
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Lilly wins patent lawsuit on J&J Alzheimer’s research

June 25, 2013
Bloomberg News
A patent held by J&J’s Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy Research & Development unit isn’t valid, Judge Richard Arnold said in a ruling in London Tuesday.
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Lilly’s experimental diabetes drug helps patients lose weight

June 24, 2013
Bloomberg News
Lilly’s drug, if approved, may be a significant competitor to Novo Nordisk A/S’s Victoza, which generated $1.64 billion in 2012.
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Indiana tangles with shortage of rural doctors

June 22, 2013
Associated Press
The federal health care overhaul is expected to exacerbate problems regarding access to care in rural Indiana communities where is there is already a shortage of doctors and other health care providers.
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Startup pitching app as money-saver for hospitalsRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
J.K. Wall
The founder and CEO of Diagnotes Inc. thinks his company’s mobile app can help doctors run their office from their iPhones—just as many other professionals have been doing for years.
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Lilly’s Zyprexa injection probed by FDA after deaths

June 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co.’s injectable form of the antipsychotic Zyprexa is being investigated by U.S. regulators after two patients died three to four days after receiving the drug.
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Drugmakers may face ‘pay for delay’ suits, high court rules

June 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Drug companies like Eli Lilly and Co. can be sued for paying rivals to delay low-cost versions of popular medicines, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a decision that rewrites the rules governing the release of generic drugs.
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Lilly to take over development of diabetes drug

June 17, 2013
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. will pay Canadian drug developer Transition Therapeutics Inc. at least $7 million and up to as much as $247 million to take over the development of a potential diabetes treatment.
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Governments helped fuel nursing-facility developer's riseRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel-based Mainstreet Property Group has built 13 nursing homes in Indiana and Illinois since 2008. Six of the dozen Indiana properties benefited from municipal-backed credit or tax breaks, and a seventh received a reduced-impact fee. Mainstreet also received $345,000 in state economic incentives.
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Lilly halts trial of experimental Alzheimers drug

June 14, 2013
The trial ended after participants showed abnormal liver biochemistry, the Indianapolis-based drugmaker said Thursday in a statement.
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New law lets pharmacists provide pneumonia, HPV vaccines

June 13, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Starting July 1, pharmacists will be able to offer a much wider variety of immunizations to customers, in an effort from lawmakers to make health care more accessible.
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Caponi to step down as St. Vincent system CEO

June 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
After overseeing 15 years of massive growth via mergers, Vince Caponi will become an executive of St. Vincent Health's parent organization.
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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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Indiana Blood Center cuts staff, scales back work

June 3, 2013
Associated Press
The not-for-profit blood center announced Monday that demand from hospitals has fallen 24 percent over the past year, forcing it to take steps that also include freezing management salaries, eliminating 45 positions and discontinuing a therapeutic phlebotomy program.
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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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Are hospitals on trajectory to pair up?

June 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals are undergoing such profound and permanent changes that some predict, eventually the four major hospital systems will merge and shrink down to two.
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Mainstreet plans $9.2M nursing home on northwest side

May 31, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The 65,000-square-foot nursing-home and assisted-living facility would feature an Internet cafe, movie theaters and restaurant-style dining with an on-site chef.
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Court stays out of Planned Parenthood funding case

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
The Supreme Court will not disturb a lower court ruling that blocks Indiana's effort to strip Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions.
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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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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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