Pharmaceutical

Erbitux fails to stop colon cancer before it spreads

June 6, 2010
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. and Merck KGaA drug failed to slow tumors in a study designed to expand the medicine's use to patients whose disease is in an earlier stage.
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Genetic testing could spur Erbitux drug sales

June 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
The drugmakers are counting on screening for the so-called K-ras gene to spur use of Erbitux in metastatic colorectal cancer.
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Cancer researcher battling Semafore in courtRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Former collaborator alleges firm breached its agreement with him and refused to pay royalty income.
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Lilly grows Alimta's sales by shrinking marketRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
In 2008, Eli Lilly and Co. asked drug regulators to change the label on Alimta so Lilly could no longer promote it as a treatment for all patients suffering from non-small-cell lung cancer, but for only about 70 percent of the patients. Since then, sales of the drug have accelerated, growing a whopping 48 percent last year.
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Biopharma fueling boom in refrigerated warehousing

May 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
In the past few years, a handful of cold storage facilities have sprouted locally by playing to Indianapolis' strengths in warehousing and life sciences.
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Effective stats are new hurdle for U.S. drugmakers

May 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.'s announcement of comparative effectiveness research guidelines last week marks a new era for U.S. drugmakers. The Indianapolis-based health insurer will use studies that compare the effectiveness of one drug against another as a complement to typical clinical trial research that compares a drug against a placebo sugar pill.
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Drug-spending increase highest in four years

May 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
The price increase was fueled by the debate over the health-care overhaul in Washington, D.C., Medco Health Solutions Inc. CEO David Snow said.
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Lilly hopes Elanco unit becomes a cash cow

May 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Elanco Animal Health chief Jeff Simmons predicts that consumers will opt for food made cheaper by using Elanco's productivity-enhancing drugs over pricier organic and locally grown products. But, as a hedge, he has Elanco developing products to help organic farmers, too.
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Latest Lilly job cuts target marketing employees

May 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. is on course to cut 5,500 jobs by the end of 2011 in a bid to eliminate $1 billion in annual expenses.
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Lilly sues to block copy of Evista osteoporosis drug

May 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
Watson Pharmaceuticals filed for FDA approval to sell a low-cost version of Eli Lilly and Co.'s osteoporosis medicine. Indianapolis-based Lilly is seeking a court order that would block approval until three of its patents expire in 2017.
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Closing of Purdue's Chao Center is setback for BioCrossroads

May 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
The university is hoping to find a private company to take over the 5-year-old facility, which formulated and manufactured small batches of drugs used in clinical trials.
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Medco Health profits climb as it adds big clients

April 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Medco, which operates a major pharmacy and distribution center in Whitestown, got a boost from higher prices on brand-name drugs and from greater sales of more profitable generic drugs.
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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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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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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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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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Lilly diabetes drug may have cancer risk, FDA says

April 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Once-weekly form of Byetta is awaiting the FDA's OK. Analyst predict the new version of the drug, if approved, could rack up sales of $2 billion annually.
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Louisiana gets $20M in Lilly drug settlement

April 7, 2010
Associated Press
Louisiana was one of 13 states that filed individual suits in state courts over allegations that Lilly pushed Zyprexa for uses that had not been approved by federal regulators.
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Lilly wins court ban on generic copy of Gemzar

April 1, 2010
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. won a U.S. court ruling Wednesday that bars Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. from selling a generic version of the cancer drug Gemzar until November.
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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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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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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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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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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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