Health Care & Life Sciences

Chao exit hurts drug development industry

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
Purdue University’s decision to close the Chao Center in West Lafayette is a setback for Indiana’s effort to grow a vibrant contract drug manufacturing sector. But it’s just the latest in a series of unexpected changes—not all for the worse—since Indianapolis-based BioCrossroads launched a contract drug manufacturing initiative in late 2007.
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Reform to accelerate health care costs

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
Medicare actuary Richard Foster estimated the new law would raise overall health care spending by an additional $311 million over current law—more than when he first examined the legislation in December.
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WellPoint profits rise, beat analysts' expectations

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer was helped in first quarter by a mild flu season, but it now expects to lose nearly 700,000 customers by year end.
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WellPoint to adhere to new rescission rules early

April 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer announced Tuesday afternoon it will be the first company to adopt stricter standards on canceling policies, which are contained in the health reform bill passed in March.
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Judge rejects Guidant's defibrillator plea deal

April 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
A federal judge has rejected Guidant Corp.'s guilty plea to charges it hid defects in heart defibrillators, after some doctors and patients complained about the $296 million deal.
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WellPoint gets lashing from Sebelius, again

April 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based health insurer trades jabs with U.S. health secretary after Reuters story claims insurer deliberately cancels coverage for breast cancer patients.
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Medicare Advantage may survive cuts under health reform

April 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The two largest U.S. health insurance companies, UnitedHealth, based in Minnetonka, Minn., and WellPoint Inc., based in Indianapolis, sell Advantage plans.
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Medical device startup FlowCo enlists Guidant alums

April 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The upstart developer of a device to help doctors choose the right-sized stent to prop open clog-prone arteries has brought aboard former Guidant Corp. executives, including Bill McConnell. Their regulatory and marketing expertise could help FlowCo Inc. bring its artery-measurement product to market as soon as 2011.
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Clarian hospital system regains its appetite to buildRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian is planning to spend $1.7 billion in the next five years on capital projects, half of that going to its downtown Indianapolis campuses.
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New helicopters coming for Indiana medical flights

April 23, 2010
Associated Press
Clarian Health officials on Thursday plan to buy four helicopters as it replaces aircraft in its aging patient-transport fleet.
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Harlan Labs names new CEO

April 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based provider of clinical research animals has promoted senior manager Hans Thunem to its top spot.
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Indy anti-diabetes experiment takes off

April 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
UnitedHealthcare believes a program tested in the Indianapolis area will help it save money on claims.
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Drug prices rise ahead of rebates

April 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
Drug prices rose faster last year than they have in a decade—just in time for big rebates the drug industry promised as part of the health reform law.
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Democrats want government approval of health premiums

April 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Insurers like WellPoint Inc. should be required to get U.S. approval to increase premiums, Sens. Diane Feinstein and Tom Harkin say.
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Health care tech firm Gemms adding 69 jobs

April 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based electronic medical records developer Gemms Inc. plans to invest $2.1 million to expand its headquarters and software development operations here, more than doubling its staff in the next five years.
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Shareholders fail to remove Lilly's anti-takeover provision

April 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
The proposal to remove an 80-percent approval threshold for takeover bids against the wishes of Lilly’s board received approval from shareholders holding 74 percent of Lilly’s shares.
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Shares fall after Lilly earnings report

April 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
Lilly shareholders are set to gather Monday in Indianapolis to hear an update on the company’s performance, including how it will keep paying its generous dividend during the lean years after Zyprexa’s patent expiration.
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Lilly to pay $400M to repurchase Cymbalta rights

April 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. will repurchase rights to develop and market antidepressant Cymbalta outside the U.S. and Japan from European partner Boehringer Ingelheim for an initial payment of $400 million.
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Health reform dings Lilly's earnings

April 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker also lowered its forecast for full-year profits because the new health care law grants bigger rebates on prescription drugs to federal health insurance programs.
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Clarian plans $375M hospital tower at Methodist

April 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health is planning to build a bed tower at Methodist Hospital in a massive project that shows renewed commitment to the downtown campus. The tower would have 175 to 250 beds and allow Methodist to make all its rooms private.
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Can Lilly afford to maintain its dividend?Restricted Content

April 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
As shareholders gather April 19 for Eli Lilly and Co.'s annual meeting, more of them than ever will come with an unusual question: Will Lilly be able to keep paying its dividend?
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Struggling firms stash away losses to cut future taxesRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Conseco expects its write-offs will be worth more than $800 million over the next 20 years.
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Rockefeller: Insurers don't spend enough on medical care

April 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint “reclassified” more than half a billion dollars of administrative expenses as medical expenses when it was defining its medical-loss ratio, according to a report released by U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller’s office.
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Study: Ditch reform, add public option

April 14, 2010
J.K. Wall
In poll after poll, calls for repealing the new health insurance law get strong support. But if the law were repealed, an Indiana University survey released this week shows that Americans want a surprising thing in its place: a public option.
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Q&A: Jim Parker

April 14, 2010
J.K. Wall
Jim Parker was an executive at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and WellPoint for 14 years, including a year and a half as chief of staff to CEO Angela Braly. He now is president of his own consulting firm, Meridian Strategic Advisors, in Indianapolis. He spoke about the impact of the new health reform law on health insurers.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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