Health Care & Insurance

Lilly acquires animal health business, lowers forecast

February 24, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. is buying a privately held, poultry-vaccine maker based in Germany to strengthen its Elanco animal health subsidiary.
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Anthem seeking OK to test online physician visitsRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
House Bill 1258 would allow the large health insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to launch a pilot program using the Live Health Online technology it has developed with Massachusetts-based software firm American Well Corp.
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UIndy plans $50M in expansion projects

February 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
The bulk of the money, to be spent over five years, will go to a 134,000-square-foot health sciences center, which will provide training space for the university's nursing, physical therapy and other health care students.
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WellPoint dismisses former interim-CEO Cannon

February 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
John Cannon, the man credited with righting the ship at WellPoint Inc., was terminated without cause this week, the company disclosed in a securities filing Friday morning.
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Homeowners in flood zones fear insurance spike

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
Steep increases are being felt from south Louisiana to New England to Columbus, Ind., are required by the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012. That legislation, signed by President Obama two years ago, set into motion a process designed to start shaving down the flood insurance system's mounting deficit.
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Consumers shun cheapest Obamacare exchange plans

February 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
Most Americans are avoiding the lowest-priced health plans on the Obamacare insurance exchanges, taking advantage of government subsidies to seek more protection against high treatment costs.
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Lilly drug shows promise as lung cancer treatment

February 19, 2014
J.K. Wall
Shares of Eli Lilly and Co. rose as much as 3.8 percent Wednesday morning after the Indianapolis-based drugmaker revealed that an experimental drug boosted overall survival among lung cancer patients in a large trial.
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Hoosier lawmakers attack Obamacare's 30-hour rule

February 17, 2014
J.K. Wall
Lawmakers Young and Donnelly push restoration of 40-hour definition of full-time, but critics say their bills would gut Obamacare's employer mandate and lead to a decline in employer insurance coverage.
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Nursing home profits surge as owners seek moratorium

February 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
Nearly two-thirds of the state’s nursing homes are now participating in partnerships with county-owned hospitals that effectively double their profit margins.
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Ex-Marcadia execs raise $1.7M to launch drug firmRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
Fritz French and Richard DiMarchi, the former leaders of Marcadia Biotech, have teamed up to launch the diabetes drug development firm Calibrium LLC.
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CNO sees higher profit, revenue in fourth quarter

February 11, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Carmel-based insurance company reported profit of $106 million, up from $101.2 million in the same quarter of 2012.
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Another delay in health law's employer requirement

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines.
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Deals up, dollars down in 2013 for Indiana life sciences firms

February 10, 2014
J.K. Wall
Venture capitalists and angel investors put a combined $31.9 million into 18 life sciences companies last year, with some of the largest amounts going to Nextremity Solutions, hc1.com and FAST BioMedical.
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Mainstreet plans 24 more Indiana senior care facilities

February 7, 2014
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based developer Mainstreet Property Group announced Friday that it will open seven more health care facilities for Hoosier seniors this year and another 17 on top of that by 2016.
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IU Health, UnitedHealthcare reach end to contract dispute

February 6, 2014
J.K. Wall
The new two-year agreement gives UnitedHealthcare discounted rates retroactive to Jan. 1. Such discounts, which insurers negotiate with hospital systems, reduce prices 30 percent or more.
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Testosterone-replacement rival of Lilly's Axiron draws lawsuits

February 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie Inc., the company it spun off last year, hid the dangers of using the testosterone replacement drug AndroGel, five men claim in lawsuits.
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Finding uninsured means targeting key locations

February 5, 2014
Associated Press
The uninsured aren't scattered evenly across the country: half of them live in just 116 of the nation's 3,143 counties. Federal officials are focusing on 25 key metro areas, including Indianapolis.
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CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco products

February 5, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost it about $2 billion in annual revenue.
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Analysts say health care law means fewer on job

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation's workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday.
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U.S. venture gathers drugmakers to take on major diseases

February 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co., Pfizer Inc. and eight other large drugmakers will partner with the U.S. government in a $230 million effort to identify new approaches to treat Alzheimer’s, diabetes, lupus and arthritis.
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Lilly’s path to redemption: Turn new drugs into sales

February 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
This year will be ugly for Eli Lilly and Co., after the recent loss of two blockbusters, but it also gives Lilly an opportunity it hasn’t really had for nearly a decade: grow sales and profit by launching new drugs.
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Testosterone drugs under FDA review for heart-attack risk

February 3, 2014
Bloomberg News
Testosterone drugs, which make up a growing market for pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, are getting a closer look from U.S. regulators.
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Pain mounts for Telamon after reporting $5M theft

February 1, 2014
Greg Andrews
The Carmel company complains that its  insurers “denied all coverage for the theft-fraud loss under both policies on the grounds that the individual leased to Telamon was an ‘employee’ of Telamon, and simultaneously was not an ‘employee’ of Telamon.”
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Rival's lawsuit could delay launch of new Lilly insulin

January 31, 2014
J.K. Wall
Paris-based Sanofi sued Eli Lilly and Co. on Thursday for patent infringement. That suit triggers an automatic 30-month delay on Lilly’s plans to launch a similar version of Sanofi's once-a-day insulin Lantus.
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Lilly tops estimates despite shrinking Cymbalta sales

January 30, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis drugmaker said gains in other products offset declines for its top drug Cymbalta, which lost patent protection in December. Overall, sales slipped 2 percent, to $5.8 billion.
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