Health Care & Insurance

Pfizer pulls plug on push to buy AstraZeneca

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
Pfizer said Monday that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for British drugmaker AstraZeneca, pulling the plug for now on what would have been the largest deal in the industry's history.
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Ex-Lilly partner wins latest suit over Actos' cancer risk

May 23, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical was found not liable for the bladder cancer of two women who used its Actos diabetes medication in the company's latest trial over the drug. Actos was marketed for Takeda in the United States by Eli Lilly and Co. from July 1999 to March 2006.
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Takeda denies hiding Actos cancer risks in Nevada trial

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. didn’t hide the alleged bladder-cancer risks of its diabetes medicine Actos, a lawyer for the company told a jury. Actos was marketed for Takeda in the United States by Eli Lilly and Co. from July 1999 to March 2006.
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Pence pitches health plan proposal in Washington

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
The health insurance expansion Gov. Mike Pence is touting relies on federal Medicaid money and meets federal Medicaid requirements, but the Republican governor insists it's not Medicaid.
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Drugmaker hid diabetes drug’s cancer risks, lawyer says

May 19, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. executives covered up the cancer risks of its diabetes medicine Actos to protect billions of dollars in sales, a lawyer for two women argued.
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Indiana's Obamacare rates for 2015 all over the map

May 19, 2014
J.K. Wall
Initial 2015 premiums filed for the Obamacare exchanges in Indiana ranged from as high as a 46-percent hike to as low as a 9-percent cut. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield wants an average increase of 9.7 percent.
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Hospital plans expansion 6 years after flooding

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
The $30 million project at Columbus Regional Hospital will expand its emergency department and cancer center.
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UPDATE: AstraZeneca board rejects new offer from Pfizer

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
Pfizer's proposed deal would have been the richest acquisition ever among drugmakers and the third-biggest deal in any industry, according to figures from research firm Dealogic.
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Lawmakers positive about Healthy Indiana Plan proposal

May 16, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
An expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday, received overall positive reviews from Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
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Cost-control plan for health care could cost more patients

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for a new cost-control strategy called "reference pricing." It lets insurers and employers put a dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures.
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UPDATE: Pence unveils Healthy Indiana Plan expansion

May 15, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence said Medicaid is a "fiscal monstrosity" and hopes a proposed expansion of the state-run Healthy Indiana Plan will pass muster with federal officials as an alternative way to insure low-income residents.
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Lilly loses patent dispute over Alimta in London court

May 15, 2014
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. lost a United Kingdom lawsuit over its Alimta cancer treatment when a judge ruled Thursday that a generic version planned by Actavis Plc doesn't breach European patents.
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UPDATE: Pence to propose 2-tier insurance plan for poor

May 14, 2014
Associated Press
Officials with direct knowledge of the plan said participants in the first tier would receive limited coverage at no charge. A second tier would include dental and vision coverage and require participant contributions.
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WellPoint foe leads plan to reveal health prices to consumers

May 14, 2014
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. competitor UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, will lead an industry effort to throw a spotlight on the prices paid for health-care services, making their costs available to consumers on the Internet.
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Consumers losing doctors with Obamacare plans

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
Before the law took effect, experts warned that narrow networks could impact patient's access to care, especially in cheaper plans. But with insurance cards now in hand, consumers are finding their access limited across all price ranges.
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Pence to unveil multipronged plan to expand health insurance

May 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
The governor's plan, to be announced Thursday, involves a combination of the Healthy Indiana Plan, employer-sponsored health plans and health savings accounts, according to an invitation sent Tuesday to Indiana health care officials.
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Community posts healthy results, but short of expectations

May 12, 2014
J.K. Wall
Community brought in more revenue and profit from operations last year. But a spike in charity care caused margins to fall significantly short of expectations of Community executives.
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Lilly to appeal $450M ruling over poisoned workers in Brazil

May 12, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Brazilian federal prosecutors had accused a Lilly subsidiary of incinerating toxic waste at the plant that it operated until 2003.
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Algaeon to take big step after landing $2.75M

May 12, 2014
Dan Human
An Indianapolis-based biotech company plans to use $2.75 million in new funding to begin commercial production of its algae-based nutritional supplements, the firm announced Monday.
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Lilly says its once-daily insulin tops competitor's drug

May 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly & Co. said its experimental insulin helped diabetic patients more than Sanofi’s biggest product in studies that also raised some safety risks.
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Life sciences critical mass elusive in Indiana after years of effortRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
J.K. Wall
Attempts to build the sector are making headway, but Indiana still lags leading states.
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UPDATE: Doctors nationwide victimized in ID theft fraud

May 9, 2014
Associated Press
The American Medical Association says the exact number of doctors affected by tax fraud isn't known, but hundreds of cases have been confirmed, including dozens in Indiana.
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U.S. House votes to revive expired research tax credit

May 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The 274-131 vote follows calls to restore the credit by a coalition of companies including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and Texas Instruments Inc.
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Health insurers: Payment rates meeting expectations

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
Top health insurance companies told members of Congress Wednesday that more than 80 percent of people who've signed up under the president's new health care law have gone on to pay their premiums.
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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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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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