Health Care & Life Sciences

Biological drug bill advances to full Senate

January 23, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate is set to consider legislation that could give patients access to more options for drug treatments that derive from biological organisms.
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Reorganization leaves Methodist Hospital prez without job

January 23, 2014
J.K. Wall
Jim Terwilliger had led IU Health's two flagship hospitals since July 2012, when longtime executive Sam Odle retired. The CEO of Riley Hospital for Children will replace him temporarily.
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Indiana board suspends doctor linked to 31 deaths

January 22, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Medical Licensing Board on Wednesday suspended the license of 83-year-old Dr. Frank Campbell, former medical director of the Madison County Community Health Center.
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Central Indiana hospitals limit visitors over flu

January 21, 2014
Associated Press
A swine flu outbreak has prompted several central Indiana hospitals to restrict visitors to protect patients, families and staff from unnecessary potential exposure.
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Indiana among WellPoint’s weakest exchange states

January 20, 2014
J.K. Wall
Interest in the Obamacare exchanges varies widely across the 14 states in which WellPoint Inc. is selling insurance plans. Indiana is near the bottom of the pile.
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Many small firms to opt out of health benefits in 2015

January 18, 2014
J.K. Wall
Many employers with fewer than 50 workers kept their health plans for 2014, but a growing number say they’ll drop group coverage at the end of this year.
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Prescription could be required to buy cold medicine

January 17, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Over-the-counter medications for common colds and allergies could become more regulated under a Indiana House bill introduced last week.
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Obamacare small-biz plan lags as employers stand pat

January 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Greeted by higher premiums, less generous coverage and more paperwork, small businesses are choosing to renew existing health plans rather than buy them through President Barack Obama’s program.
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Jilted dental patients get $543K in restitution from state

January 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Nearly 300 former patients of Allcare Dental & Dentures have received refunds of upfront payments they made before the national dental chain abruptly closed multiple Indiana locations in 2011.
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WellPoint raises its 2013 profit forecast

January 14, 2014
The new forecast roughly matches what Wall Street analysts were already expecting. WellPoint will reveal its actual 2013 financial results on Jan. 29.
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Older Hoosiers dominate health care sign-ups

January 13, 2014
Associated Press
The ranks of Indiana and U.S. residents who have selected health insurance plans through a federally run online exchange are dominated by the oldest, and costliest, age groups.
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Lilly needs more R&D successes to counter declining ROI on new drugs

January 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.’s success at moving an experimental migraine medicine forward by using outside companies and capital is good news for this reason: The fundamental business of Big Pharma drug development is in bad shape.
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Lilly reacquires migraine medicine after encouraging results

January 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
Positive results from a Phase 2 trial in patients convinced Lilly to reacquire an experimental migraine medicine. Lilly recorded a charge of $57 million to reflect the purchase price and the costs of further development.
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IU professors' invention tracks eyes to detect brain injuries

January 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Two Indiana University School of Optometry professors are tackling diagnosis of one of the most difficult medical problems facing sports teams at every level: head injuries.
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Funding drought pinches life sciences firms

January 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
Nationally, venture capital investments into life sciences firms totaled $4.9 billion during the first nine months of 2013, down 30 percent from the same period in 2008, according to data from Thomson Reuters and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In Indiana, life sciences firms raised $21 million during the first nine months of the year, far lower than any year since 2003.
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Group led by WellPoint to partner on global health network

January 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association will form a combined provider network with London-based Bupa that will collectively include more than 11,500 hospitals in more than 190 countries, the partners said Thursday.
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Committee passes ban on tanning for young teens

January 8, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Commercial tanning beds may soon be off limits to Hoosiers younger than 16 under a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee.
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Lawmakers confused by cut in state’s tobacco funds

January 8, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
A hearing about tobacco funding Wednesday in the House Public Health Committee left many legislators still searching for answers.
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WellPoint seeks more Obamacare biz by extending deadline

January 8, 2014
Bloomberg News
Two of the largest U.S. health insurers are giving Obamacare customers more time to pay their initial premiums as the industry tries to coax millions of people to take the final step in cementing coverage for 2014.
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WellPoint to unload 1-800-Contacts unit

January 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
Financial terms of the sale to Boston-based private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP weren't disclosed. WellPoint paid a reported $900 million to buy the company in June 2012.
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Lilly forecasts sales, profit drop in face of rival generic drugs

January 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
In a warning shot to investors, the pharmaceutical giant says it expects "2014 to be the most financially challenging year of Lilly’s current period of patent expirations."
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New St. Vincent CEO will inherit financially solid system

January 6, 2014
J.K. Wall
It’s a challenging time to be a hospital CEO, but when Jonathan Nalli takes the helm of St. Vincent Health, he’ll have about as strong a financial hand as anybody to play.
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New owner IU set to unveil plans for shuttered Wishard Hospital campus

January 4, 2014
Scott Olson
The university wants to expand its health services program by using some existing Wishard space and tearing down other buildings and replacing them with modern facilities,
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State lags city with science, tech jobs

January 4, 2014
Dan Human
Careers in science, technology, engineering and math—typically referred to as STEM fields—have surged in growth compared to other careers in Marion and Hamilton counties. But the rest of Indiana has barely budged from the early 2000s.
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Health overhaul benefits take effect with new year

January 2, 2014
Associated Press
After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates?
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  2. If you only knew....

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