Health Care & Life Sciences

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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Wishard debt $80M below 'best' scenario

March 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Historically low bond rates will help the parent corporation of Wishard Health Services build hospital for less money than expected.
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St. Francis acquires orthopedic surgery practice

March 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has acquired Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana, a six-doctor practice that operates in St. Francis' Mooresville hospital.
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Lilly victim of theft from Connecticut warehouse

March 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Pharmaceuticals stolen Sunday morning could be worth up to $75 million.
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Lilly pays $50M-plus for rights to testosterone lotion

March 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Lilly will pay Acrux of West Melbourne, Australia, a $50 million license fee, plus $3 million when manufacturing assets are transferred, but the deal could be worth millions more.
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WellPoint affiliate ordered to pay $206K for transplant

March 16, 2010
Associated Press
Blue Cross of California has been ordered to reimburse a man $206,000 after he paid for his own liver transplant.
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Community Health Network Foundation names new CEO

March 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Michele Thomas Dole has been a wealth adviser at JP Morgan Chase and development director of the IU Foundation.
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FDA says 'not yet' on Lilly's once-weekly Byetta

March 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Regulators won't require more time-consuming tests of the drug, but want Eli Lilly and Co. and its partners to clarify labeling, manufacturing processes.
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Chances of health reform passage soar

March 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
By pounding health insurers such as WellPoint Inc., President Obama has greatly boosted his chances of success in the eyes of Wall Street. But to make his health reform bill reality, he might need to answer the less-than-reassuring news coming from Massachusetts.
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Doctors fighting insurers with data

March 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis Medical Society hopes an online database that compares one doctor's reimbursement rates against market averages helps its members negotiate with health plans.
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Health care software firm raises $1.15 million

March 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based PolicyStat LLC raised $1.15 million in angel capital from 31 individuals and Halo Capital Group.
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Indiana closer to eliminating anti-smoking agency

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The plan approved by the Republican-controlled Senate would transfer the duties of the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation board to the State Department of Health.
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WellPoint may be anti-competitive, Connecticut AG says

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.'s Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut may constrain competition through contracts that require that the insurer receives hospital discounts at least as favorable as any provided to a competitor.
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Eli Lilly to buy European rights to Pfizer animal products

March 8, 2010
Scott Olson
The acquisition will benefit Elanco, Lilly's animal health division in Greenfield, which has become increasingly important to Lilly as it braces for patent-protection losses.
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Dow AgroSciences considered expansion elsewhere

March 5, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Agricultural biotech firm hired a site-selection consultant and considered other cities around the world for its $340 million expansion.
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Sebelius asks insurers to justify rate hikes

March 4, 2010
Associated Press
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met at the White House with the CEOs of Indianapolis-based WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealth Group, as well as several state insurance commissioners.
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Dow Agro plans $340M expansion, 577 new jobs

March 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The investment will greatly expand the company's research and development capacity and is a major win for the Indiana life sciences industry. Dow AgroSciences expects most of the positions to pay between $65,000 and $95,000 annually.
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Ex-Lilly medical director named state health commissioner

March 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Dr. Gregory N. Larkin, the former global medical director at Eli Lilly and Co., will replace Dr. Judy Monroe, who is leaving to become deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Cornelius to retire as Bristol-Myers Squibb CEO

March 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The former Guidant Corp. CEO and long-time Eli Lilly exec said he and his family will be returning to Indianapolis.
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Dow Agro plans 'major' expansion announcement

March 3, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Local Dow Chemical subsidiary expects to launch five new biotech products by 2012.
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To attack costs, Lilly accelerates R&D

March 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
With President Barack Obama looking to squeeze a bit more revenue out of the pharmaceutical industry, the stakes just keep getting higher for Eli Lilly and Co.'s efforts to develop drugs faster and cheaper.
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IU cancer center names new director

March 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Dr. Patrick J. Loehrer Sr. replaces Dr. Stephen D. Williams, the center's founding director, who died of cancer in February 2009.
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Consumer group sues Anthem over policy changes

March 1, 2010
Associated Press
A consumer watchdog group filed a lawsuit Monday against WellPoint's California subsidiary on behalf of policyholders, claiming they were pushed to take coverage with fewer benefits and higher deductibles.
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State health commissioner leaving for CDC

March 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Judy Monroe, after five years as Indiana's public health leader, will spearhead communication between federal and state health agencies.
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Officials: Weak smoking ban hurts Indianapolis' hospitality efforts

February 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The ongoing smoking-ban debate is getting a new spark from convention leaders trying to light a fire under lawmakers, who have been reluctant to approve the kind of comprehensive smoking ban that health—and now tourism—officials say is needed here.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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