Health Care

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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St. Vincent adds Bloomington hospital to its fold

September 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health will manage operations at Monroe Hospital in Bloomington under an agreement announced on Tuesday. Monroe gives St. Vincent a line of hospitals stretching from Indianapolis to Bedford and even farther south to Salem and Evansville.
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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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Candidate Gregg 'leaning' to hybrid health exchange

August 27, 2012
Associated Press
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg says he likely would support a hybrid health insurance exchange for Hoosiers if elected in November.
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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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Cutting bills fuels growth of Health Systems InternationalRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
J.K. Wall
Health Systems is on pace this year for nearly $50 million in revenue, up from $42 million last year and just $4.5 million eight years ago. The Indianapolis company processes claims for health insurers when patients receive out-of-network care.
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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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$100M IU neuroscience center set to open

August 24, 2012
Associated Press
A $100 million neuroscience center Indiana University officials say will offer a "one stop shop" for patients recovering from head and spinal injuries, strokes and other medical conditions is days away from opening its doors in Indianapolis.
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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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Lilly's Alzheimer's drug trials show mixed results

August 24, 2012
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.’s experimental Alzheimer’s drug failed to meet its primary goals in two separate clinical trials. However, when the results of both trials were combined, the drug appeared to have slowed the decline of cognition in some patients.
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Big WellPoint investor Royal Capital calls for CEO's ouster

August 23, 2012
Bloomberg News
Royal Capital Management LLC is calling for the ouster of WellPoint Inc. CEO Angela Braly in a letter to the health insurer, saying she has "failed miserably."
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FDA names Indiana farm tied to salmonella in melons

August 23, 2012
Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration has identified a southern Indiana farm that produced cantaloupes linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak and says the operation has recalled its melons.
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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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Pence asks Daniels to deny state-run exchange

August 21, 2012
Associated Press
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence is asking Gov. Mitch Daniels to reject a state-run health insurance exchange called for by the federal health care law.
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WellPoint competitor Aetna to buy Coventry for $5.6B

August 20, 2012
Bloomberg News
Aetna joins rivals WellPoint Inc. and Cigna Corp. in making big acquisitions as the U.S. government expands medical coverage.
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Alzheimer's quest puts Lilly to test

August 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
Odds are long that Eli Lilly and Co.'s leading Alzheimer's drug will show positive results when its Phase 3 trial results are released within a few weeks, but even the smallest improvement in the cognitive impairment of test patients would be a home run for Lilly.
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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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Brater to retire as dean of IU medical school

August 8, 2012
J.K. Wall
Dr. Craig Brater, 66, has worked at the Indianapolis-based school for 26 years, including the past 12 as dean. The school is the second largest medical school in the nation and the only one in Indiana.
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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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Governors aside, feds building health care exchanges

August 7, 2012
Associated Press
The feds may be gaining on GOP governors who've balked at carrying out a key part of the health care overhaul law. Opponents of the law say they won't set up new private health insurance exchanges. But increasingly it's looking like Washington will do it for them.
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Despite funding dip, IU bets on brains

August 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
The city that brought the world Prozac and other neuroscience drugs is doubling down on brain research with a new $52 million research center near Methodist Hospital.
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Lilly braces for decline in Europe

July 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
Austerity and upheaval in Europe have not hurt Eli Lilly and Co.’s $4 billion-a-year drug business there, but the company is moving forward with plans to survive a coming swoon anyway.
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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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