Health Care & Life Sciences

Lilly drug wins U.K. backing as cancer therapy

April 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co.'s Alimta has received the preliminary backing of a United Kingdom agency as a maintenance treatment for patients with the most common form of lung cancer.
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WellPoint faces biggest changes under new law

March 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer has more individual and small-business customers than its major competitors, increasing the impact of health reform.
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Daniels one of health law's loudest critics

March 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is fast becoming critic-in-chief of the health reform law.
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Employers fret over health care overhaul

March 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Most employers in central Indiana are just beginning to figure out what the health insurance reform bill will mean for their businesses. Caterpillar Inc., which employs nearly 1,500 at an engine plant in Lafayette, expects costs to rise about 20 percent.
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Lilly to let 115 workers go in new outsourcing deal

March 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Deal with unit of Massachusetts-based Thermo Fisher Scientific would keep many of the employees working in same location.
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Health care bill burns local tanning industry

March 26, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
With one of the nation's largest tanning-bed manufacturers and dozens of salons in central Indiana, a 10-percent tax on tanning could cost the region jobs.
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CEO: Conseco's name no longer says insurance

March 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
Conseco Inc. CEO Jim Prieur says it's time to change the company's 27-year-old name partly because it's become better associated with a sports facility than with the insurer's products.
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Lilly eyes more animal-health acquisitions

March 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly is interested in assets that may be offered for sale as a result of Sanofi-Aventis SA and Merck & Co.'s plan to combine their veterinary units.
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Conseco seeking to change its name

March 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Carmel-based insurer Conseco Inc. will ask shareholders to approve changing the company’s name to CNO Financial Group, the company said Thursday morning.
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Daniels warns of health bill's 'immorally huge' taxes

March 25, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels told members of the Economic Club of Indianapolis that it's ridiculous for anyone to suggest the nearly $1 trillion health care overhaul signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama won't add to the nation's debt.
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Lilly sues Hospira over generic version of Gemzar

March 24, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. sued rival drugmaker Hospira Inc. to prevent it from selling a generic version of the cancer drug Gemzar before a patent on the medicine expires in 2013.
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Docs fear reform will exacerbate ER overuse

March 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
One of the most agreed-upon reasons for health care reform was the expensive overuse of the emergency room by uninsured patients. But two Hoosier ER docs—one conservative, one liberal—say the implementation of ObamaCare will leave that fundamental problem unresolved.
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IU study: Money matters to docs

March 24, 2010
J.K. Wall

Think doctors and hospitals aren’t influenced by money? Think again. Patients seen at private facilities reimbursed by Medicare were 5.5 times more likely to receive routine cataract surgery than patients at poorly funded Veterans Affairs facilities.

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Obama signs historic $938 billion health care overhaul

March 23, 2010
Associated Press
Attorneys general from 13 states filed suit to stop the overhaul just minutes after the bill signing, contending the law is unconstitutional. Other state attorneys general may join the lawsuit later or sue separately.
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Ariad loses $65M patent appeal against Eli Lilly

March 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Monday's decision throws out a $65.2 million patent-infringement verdict won by Ariad for royalties on Lilly's osteoporosis drug Evista and sepsis medicine Xigris.
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State attorney general looks to challenge health care bill

March 22, 2010
Associated Press
Attorneys general in at least 13 states have signaled they intend to challenge the constitutionality of the legislation in court.
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Bill kicks off years of change for local health care players

March 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Sweeping changes phase in slowly for most, but insurers, hospitals, drug companies, employers, workers, medical device makers and more will eventually feel impact.
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Reform offers risk, opportunities for Lilly, WellPoint

March 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Drugmakers and insurers could gain millions of customers under the legislation, but the industry also will pay new fees and face stricter rules that may shrink profit and fuel mergers.
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Congress passes historic health care bill

March 21, 2010
Associated Press
To pay for the changes, the legislation includes more than $400 billion in higher taxes over a decade, roughly half of it from a new Medicare payroll tax on individuals with incomes over $200,000 and couples over $250,000.
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Indiana food manufacturers ramp up safety precautions

March 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The peanut-borne salmonella outbreak of 2009 raised awareness about the risk of illness from unlikely sources. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the last time a seemingly innocuous ingredient made people sick, and prompted recalls.
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Simon Property Group adds Glasscock to board

March 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former WellPoint Inc. leader Larry Glasscock has joined the board of directors of the Indianapolis-based real estate giant.
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Lilly sues to block generic of Adcirca lung treatment

March 17, 2010
Bloomberg News
Netherlands-based Synthon Pharmaceuticals is seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to sell a copy of the medicine.
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IU incubator attracts East Coast biotech startup

March 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Companion Diagnostics Inc. moves from Connecticut to the IU Emerging Technologies Center, hopes to create 30 high-paying jobs by 2014.
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WellPoint expects loss of 400,000 insured members this year

March 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based health insurer expects revenue, profit to fall as persistently high unemployment reduces employer-sponsored insurance enrollment.
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Indiana health groups dial back lobbying

March 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indiana health-related companies were somewhat absent from the lobbying bonanza that gripped Washington, D.C., in 2009. For all the heat and light about health reform, major Indiana companies actually spent slightly less to lobby Congress.
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