Health Care & Insurance

Bayer’s $14.2 billion Merck buy shows pharma strategy split

May 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
Bayer AG's $14.2 billion acquisition of Merck & Co. is the latest in a series of big pharma deals and it exposes a deepening split in the way drugmakers approach their portfolios.
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Insurers say most Obamacare enrollees paying premiums

May 6, 2014
Bloomberg News
Three large health insurers including Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc. say that a high percentage of their new Obamacare customers are paying their first premiums, partly undermining a Republican criticism of enrollment in the program.
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Veterans Affairs department rejects call for leader to quit

May 6, 2014
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based American Legion, the nation's largest veterans service group, called Monday for the resignations of U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two of his top aides amid an investigation into allegations of corruption and unnecessary deaths.
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Zimmer-Biomet deal could stanch their bleeding at hospitals

May 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
Hospitals, which have forced orthopedic implant makers to lower their prices in recent years, may have a harder time doing so when the combined Zimmer-Biomet controls nearly 40 percent of the market.
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St. Vincent and Community to dissolve partnership

May 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Accountable Care Consortium was envisioned as a vehicle through which the hospitals would eventually funnel all of their roughly $2.5 billion in annual contracts with health insurers and employers.
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Endocyte shares plunge 60 percent after drug trial is stopped

May 2, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Endocyte Inc.'s stock fell more than 60 percent in early trading Friday after the drug it’s developing with Merck & Co.’s backing failed to help patients in a trial for ovarian cancer.
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Indiana signups lag for federal health care law

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that a total of nearly 230,000 Indiana residents were eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan, but only about 132,000 had done so by the March 31 deadline.
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Drug prices surge as generics, niche treatments eat profit

May 1, 2014
Bloomberg News
Since 2007, the cost of brand-name medicines has jumped, with prices doubling for dozens of established drugs that target everything from multiple sclerosis to cancer, blood pressure and even erections, according to an analysis conducted for Bloomberg News.
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CEOs launch childhood obesity initiative

April 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
Jump IN for Healthy Kids has a budget of $1.5 million and hopes to identify and extend successful efforts to improve diet, activity and healthy choices among children and their families.
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WellPoint shares rise after better-than-expected quarter

April 30, 2014
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer increased its profit forecast after Obamacare enrollments boosted quarterly results.
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Roche battles payment cuts while growing diagnostics business

April 28, 2014
J.K. Wall

Life Sciences Burris
                           interview Watch VideoNew tests have helped Roche Diagnostics grow its North American revenue, excluding its troubled diabetes care business, 23 percent over the past five years. But the money for diagnostic tests continues to go down in key areas, noted CFO Wayne Burris.

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Lilly trade-secret defendants released to home detention

April 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
The court noted that after the government filed a second indictment March 12, the trade-secret theft claims against Guoqing Cao and Shuyu Li were changed to wire fraud, and aiding and abetting and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
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CNO takes big earnings hit to dispose of old business

April 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Excluding the cost of finally shedding a block of business from predecessor Conseco Inc., CNO's operations were on the upswing in the first quarter.
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Novartis deal caps turnaround for ElancoRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
J.K. Wall
Next year, after Lilly completes its $5.4 billion acquisition of Novartis Animal Health, Elanco will contribute 17 percent of revenue—or one out of every six dollars flowing into Lilly’s coffers.
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Zimmer shares hit 13-year high on Biomet deal

April 24, 2014
Bloomberg News
The deal will help Zimmer, a maker of artificial hips and knees, take on Johnson & Johnson, the No. 1 manufacturer in the now-growing $45 billion market.
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Zimmer buying Biomet in $13.3B deal between Hoosier firms

April 24, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Orthopedic device maker Zimmer Holdings Inc. is buying privately-held competitor Biomet Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal between the Warsaw-based companies valued at about $13.35 billion.
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Lilly's quarterly profit meets analyst expectations

April 24, 2014
Bloomberg News
The drugmaker, which is weathering patent expirations, saw sales fall more slowly than expected for its antidepressant Cymbalta.
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Investor pressure pushing drugmakers to make deals

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
Tuesday's blockbuster deal involving Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. was just the latest of several that have taken place since the beginning of the year.
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Three more charged in $80M heist of Lilly drugs

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
Three Florida men who federal authorities say stole about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly and Co. warehouse in Connecticut have been charged with conspiracy and theft.
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Lilly to pay dearly for Novartis animal health biz

April 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Wall Street analysts raised their eyebrows at the hefty price Eli Lilly and Co. will pay to acquire Novartis Animal Health, when compared to the value of the biggest player in the field.
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Blockbuster deal: Eli Lilly paying $5.4B for Novartis Animal Health

April 22, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. has agreed to pay $5.4 billion for Novartis Animal Health in the second-largest deal in the company's history. The acquisition is part of a blockbuster three-way drug deal.
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Lilly wins approval for potential blockbuster drug

April 21, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical maker gets a much-needed boost with FDA approval for gastric-cancer drug ramucirumab, which quickly could account for $1 billion in annual sales.
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Roche’s diabetes biz bounces back—for now

April 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics Corp. saw a stunning 13-percent boost in sales in its North American diabetes care business during the first quarter, although neither company management nor stock analysts expect that trend to last.
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Late sign-ups boost numbers, improve Obamacare outlook

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
Still to be announced is what share of those 8 million enrollees were previously uninsured, and how many actually secured coverage by paying their first month's premiums.
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Report: State political leader had millions on the line

April 17, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Documents show House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner earned nearly $8 million selling nursing homes in the last two years and stands to earn between $1 million and $2 million on projects now being developed, thanks in part to legislation he helped block this year.
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  1. Socialized medicine works great for white people in Scandanavia. It works well in Costa Rica for a population that is partly white and partly mestizo. I don't really see Obamacare as something aimed against whites. I think that is a Republican canard designed to elicit support from white people for republican candidates who don't care about them any more than democrats care about the non-whites they pander to with their phony maneuvers. But what is different between Costa Rica nd the Scandanavian nations on one hand and the US on the other? SIZE. Maybe the US is just too damn big. Maybe it just needs to be divided into smaller self governing pieces like when the old Holy Roman Empire was dismantled. Maybe we are always trying the same set of solutions for different kinds of people as if we were all the same. Oh-- I know-- that is liberal dogma, that we are all the same. Which is the most idiotic American notion going right back to the propaganda of 1776. All men are different and their differences are myriad and that which is different is not equal. The state which pretends men are all the same is going to force men to be the same. That is what America does here, that is what we do in our stupid overseas wars, that is how we destroy true diversity and true difference, and we are all as different groups of folks, feeling the pains of how capitalism is grinding us down into equally insignificant proletarian microconsumers with no other identity whether we like it or not. And the Marxists had this much right about the War of Independence: it was fundamentally a war of capitalist against feudal systems. America has been about big money since day one and whatever gets in the way is crushed. Health care is just another market and Obamacare, to the extent that it Rationalizes and makes more uniform a market which should actually be really different in nature and delivery from place to place-- well that will serve the interests of the biggest capitalist stakeholders in health care which is not Walmart for Gosh Sakes it is the INSURANCE INDUSTRY. CUI BONO Obamacare? The insurance industry. So republicans drop the delusion pro capitalist scales from your eyes this has almost nothing to do with race or "socialism" it has to do mostly with what the INSURANCE INDUSTRY wants to have happen in order to make their lives and profits easier.

  2. Read the article - the reason they can't justify staying is they have too many medicare/medicaid patients and the re-imbursements for transporting these patient is so low.

  3. I would not vote for Bayh if he did run. I also wouldn't vote for Pence. My guess is that Bayh does not have the stomach to oppose persons on the far left or far right. Also, outside of capitalizing on his time as U. S. Senator (and his wife's time as a board member to several companies) I don't know if he is willing to fight for anything. If people who claim to be in the middle walk away from fights with the right and left wing, what are we left with? Extremes. It's probably best for Bayh if he does not have the stomach for the fight but the result is no middle ground.

  4. JK - I meant that the results don't ring true. I also questioned the 10-year-old study because so much in the "health care system" has changed since the study was made. Moreover, it was hard to get to any overall conclusion or observation with the article. But....don't be defensive given my comments; I still think you do the best job of any journalist in the area shedding light and insight on important health care issues.

  5. Probably a good idea he doesn't run. I for one do not want someone who lives in VIRGINIA to be the governor. He gave it some thought, but he likes Virginia too much. What a name I cannot say on this site! The way these people think and operate amuses me.

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