Health Care & Life Sciences

Obama endorses new taxes, more drugmaker fees

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Obama, seeking to break an impasse over health-care legislation, proposes a plan that includes the first Medicare tax on unearned income such as capital gains and higher fees on drugmakers.
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Insurers warn of problems with federal regulator

February 22, 2010
Associated Press
President Obama's latest push for a health care overhaul could drive health plans around the country into insolvency, according to an insurance trade group.
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WellPoint's health insurance rate hike spurs legislative inquiryRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
The furor over WellPoint Inc.’s premium hikes have migrated from California to Indiana, where state lawmakers held a high-profile hearing.
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Lilly asks shareholders to lower takeover barrier

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. directors have recommended that shareholders toss out the drugmaker's most potent protection against unwanted takeovers: an 80-percent supermajority vote threshold for any shareholder mutiny to succeed.
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Indiana companies that serve pharmaceutical industry grew in 2009

February 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The firms continued to grow over the last year but face increasing challenges, according to a new report by Indianapolis-based life sciences trade group BioCrossroads.
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White House plans new rules for health insurers

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
President Obama will release a proposal to restart the health-care debate before a bipartisan White House meeting on Feb. 25, one day after WellPoint officials testify before Congress about steep rate increases.
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Teva gets European OK to sell generic of Lilly's Evista

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Evista generated $1.03 billion in sales last year, of which $348.1 million came outside the United States.
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Vortek Surgical moving HQ to Brownsburg, adding 60 jobs

February 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Vortek Surgical LLC will relocate to Brownsburg, expanding its headquarters, manufacturing and distribution operations and creating more than 60 jobs in the next three years.
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WellPoint rate hikes spark protest in Indianapolis

February 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Congressman Andre Carson will make remarks Thursday during a public chastising of Indianapolis-based health insurer for 21-percent rate hike on individuals.
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WellPoint, insurance commissioner get earful from lawmakers

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
State House insurance committee chair grills executives about WellPoint's 21-percent premium increase for individual policyholders in Indiana.
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Indiana part of national medical school surge

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Marian University's planned medical school is one of two dozen nationally, but budget cuts are forcing Indiana University to retreat on enrollment expansion.
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WellPoint hits bottom with customers

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Even before WellPoint dissatisfied President Obama over its rate increases in California, it wasn't doing so hot satisfying its actual customers, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
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Q&A: Dr. John Fitzgerald

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Clinic, launched about a year ago, has signed 412 physicians as employees, and is still working toward a goal of as many as 1,500 by 2011. The clinic, a joint venture of Clarian Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine, is headed by Dr. John Fitzgerald. He discussed the progress.
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State lawmakers to probe WellPoint premium hikes

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Three WellPoint executives will be on hand Wednesday morning to answer questions about premium increases on its individual policies, which have risen as high as 39 percent this year.
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Pfizer's Viagra patent partially rejected in Lilly fight

February 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
The patent on impotence drug Viagra was partially rejected after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said it wasn't different enough from a Chinese herb known as Horny Goat Weed. The patent was key to an infringement suit Pfizer filed in 2002 against Eli Lilly and Co. over its rival Cialis drug.
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Purdue to get $12M to help small health providers

February 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Stimulus funds will help university's technical assistance service show doctors and nurses in small groups and in medically under-served areas how to adopt medical-records technologies.
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WellPoint delays investor meeting to testify on rate flap

February 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based insurer, preparing for Congressional testimony on proposed premium increases in California, says its earnings forecast is now less clear.
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Clarian, IU plan $100 million neurosciences center

February 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine want their planned neurosciences hub to become a destination for patients suffering from brain, nerve and mental maladies—and for the government and industry research dollars that can fuel advances in care.
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Startup VoCare Inc. might move to find venture capital dollars

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Lebanon-based startup wants to build a call center here and add up to 300 jobs, but state and local officials are struggling with a big obstacle to keeping the company here.
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Wishard parent 'ecstatic' about cheap debt - so far

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County got good news in its first round of borrowing to finance a new Wishard Hospital: so far, it is paying less than planned.
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PTS sues Roche Diagnostic to end blood-monitor royalties

February 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Polymer Technology Systems Inc., a small Indianapolis-based maker of handheld blood monitors, has gone to court to fight a competitor more than 100 times its size: Roche Diagnostics Corp.
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Could WellPoint woes breathe life into health reform?

February 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The firestorm created this week by Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint's spike in premiums could resurrect some parts of the languishing health reform bills.
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Report: State's pharmaceutical contractors continue to grow

February 10, 2010
A report set to be released Wednesday by local life sciences industry group BioCrossroads says Indiana companies providing contract pharmaceutical research and manufacturing services are weathering the economic downturn and are growing.
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Wishard construction project enjoying cheap debt

February 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County got good news in its first round of borrowing to finance a new Wishard hospital: The cost is less than expected.
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Lebanon startup driving hard deal

February 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
VoCare Inc. wants $4 million in cash and tax incentives to open headquarters and call center it says could employ 300 people.
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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

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