Health Care

Eli Lilly CEO banking on new drug pipeline

October 22, 2009
Associated Press
CEO John Lechleiter says Lilly's pipeline has helped it rebound from significant patent losses three times during his 30-year career at the company. He's betting there will be a fourth.
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Lilly, GE announce cancer diagnostic breakthrough

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. and General Electric Co. say they've made a breakthrough in cancer research that could help Lilly cut the size and cost of its clinical trials.
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Lilly reports $942 million profit in third quarter

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Excluding special items, Eli Lilly and Co.'s earnings per share spike 22 percent on the strength of Alimta, Cymbalta and Humalog sales. Lilly's revenue rose 7 percent in the quarter over the same period of 2008, to $5.56 billion.
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Medco plans to compare Plavix, Effient in study

October 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Medco Health Solutions Inc. said Tuesday it will compare the blood thinner Plavix, the world's second-best selling drug, with Effient, a potential blockbuster drug sold by Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co.
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Cook calls for new approach to health reform

October 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Founder of medical device firm says Congress should fund network of low-cost clinics.
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SMITH: Cut health care costs by limiting malpractice lawsuitsRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Debra A. Smith
A peer-review panel of experts would help minimize unnecessary medical malpractice suits.
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Power Breakfast panel debates health care reform

October 17, 2009
As health care legislation continues to wend its way through Congress, Indianapolis-area industry leaders still harbor strong opinions about the issue. Five industry insiders discussed how to improve the health care system during IBJ’s Power Breakfast Sept. 25 at the Westin Indianapolis.
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KALSCHEUR: Doctors eye precautions as reform gains steamRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Michael Kalscheur
Doctors are considering their options as health care reform gains momentum.
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Endocyte receives $26M infusion from investors

October 16, 2009
West Lafayette-based Endocyte Inc. announced Friday that it has closed on $26 million in equity financing to help the company continue developing cancer-fighting drugs.
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State's health IT groups seek stimulus funds

October 16, 2009
Some of Indiana's leading organizations in health information technology are collaborating on an effort to receive several million dollars of stimulus funding.
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Lilly to sell Lafayette plant to German firm

October 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Nearly 700 workers will be offered severance, new jobs
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Indiana Health Information Exchange lands big insurer

October 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
UnitedHealthcare has become the second health insurer to join Quality Health First, a pay-for-performance program operated by the Indiana Health Information Exchange, the exchange announced Tuesday.
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Proposed Fishers medical park faces uncertain demandRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Scott Olson
The business park would encompass about 900 acres on the town’s northeast side and require rezoning of much of the land, from residential and agriculture to commercial.
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Baucus health reform bill would stick Indiana companies with fees

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The health reform bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., would help pay for expanded health insurance coverage by levying fees of $13 billion a year on the health care industry. The fees would deliver a hefty bill to just about all of Indiana’s major health care companies. But how they’re reacting to the fees is all over the map.
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New Community Hospital East president pursues care for all

October 10, 2009
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
The new president of Community Hospital East says her job is all about health—the health of not just patients, but the entire neighborhood.
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WellPoint shares partially recover after Thursday plunge

October 9, 2009
J.K. Wall
Shares of WellPoint Inc. partially recovered Friday morning after a plunge was touched off Thursday by gathering momentum behind health care reform and talk of a windfall-profit tax by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
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Lilly settles Zyprexa suit with S. Carolina

October 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. has agreed to settle the State of South Carolina's lawsuit that claimed Lilly improperly marketed the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa, according to Bloomberg News.
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Indiana hospitals settle Medicare lawsuit

September 30, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Six hospital systems, including three in Indiana, have agreed to pay the federal government $8.3 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the hospitals deliberately overcharged Medicare for routine back surgeries.
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Region below average on Obama's health care cost measureRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
J.K. Wall
The tool the administration is using to measure waste shows that expenses in Indianapolis might be low enough not to get whacked. But the region isn’t performing so well that it’s likely to get much praise, either.
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St. Francis resumes work on $265M project

September 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
With its financial performance exceeding expectations, St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers will resume construction on a $265 million, 221-bed patient tower at its Indianapolis campus, the hospital system announced Thursday.
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Mead Johnson plans expansion in Evansville

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Mead Johnson Nutrition plans to spend nearly $33 million at a southwestern Indiana facility where it plans to start making powdered infant formula products.
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MARCUS: Whose fault is poor health?

September 19, 2009
Morton Marcus
Where once we believed people were victims of disease, we now insist that illness is a reflection of choices actively made.
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Weight-loss challenges at local firms raise money for charity

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Employees at five different companies collectively lost 805 pounds over six weeks this summer. They also raised $805 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
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UPDATE: Pipeline challenges force Lilly restructuring moves

September 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Since John Lechleiter was named CEO 18 months ago, he's bet that Eli Lilly and Co. could face down its looming patent challenges by launching innovative new medicines. Today's announcement of 5,500 job cuts by the end of 2011 and a restructuring of the company's business units ups the ante on that bet, while indicating that it isn't working yet.
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Lilly reorganization to cut 5,500 positions over 2 years

September 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. will cut 5,500 jobs by the end of 2011 as it tries to cut $1 billion in expenses before it loses revenue from its bestselling drug, Zyprexa. Lilly CEO John Lechleiter said he did not know how many of those cuts would occur in central Indiana. But with 13,600 employees working in the Indianapolis area, he acknowledged the largest chunk of reductions likely would come here.
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