Pharmaceutical

Despite funding dip, IU bets on brains

August 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
The city that brought the world Prozac and other neuroscience drugs is doubling down on brain research with a new $52 million research center near Methodist Hospital.
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McKesson to pay $151M to settle drug-pricing suit

July 27, 2012
Associated Press
Twenty-nine states, including Indiana, have reached a $151 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging one of the country's largest drug wholesalers inflated prices for hundreds of prescription drugs, officials said Friday.
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Lilly's quarterly profit falls, but tops analyst expectations

July 25, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. reported second-quarter profit that fell less than analysts had expected. The company raised its outlook for the rest of the year.
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Potential Alzheimer’s drug fails first of four key trials

July 24, 2012
Bloomberg News
Bapineuzumab is in a race with a similar product from Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. to become the first therapy to target a cause for Alzheimer’s, rather than just its symptoms.
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Potential Lilly antipsychotic falls short in study

July 11, 2012
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. said a potential treatment for acute schizophrenia failed in a late-stage study that compared patients taking the drug to those taking a placebo.
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Lilly gets 6-month Cymbalta marketing extension

July 6, 2012
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. said Friday that it has received an extra six months of marketing exclusivity on the antidepressant Cymbalta, its biggest selling drug. The extension could mean more than a billion dollars in sales for the Indianapolis drug maker.
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Lilly cancer treatment fails trial in stomach cancer

July 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Erbitux, a cancer treatment made by Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co.'s Imclone unit, failed to help patients with advanced stomach tumors in a late-stage clinical trial.
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Bristol-Myers to buy former Lilly partner Amylin for $5.3B

June 30, 2012
Bloomberg News
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has agreed to pay $5.3 billion to acquire former Eli Lilly and Co. partner Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., a maker of diabetes therapies. The deal is valued at about $7 billion, which includes Amylin’s debt and a payment to Eli Lilly and Co. of about $1.7 billion.
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Lilly resumes $3B stock buyback program, declares dividend

June 19, 2012
Associated Press
The local pharmaceutical giant plans to complete the program started in 2000 by repurchasing $420 million in shares by the end of the year. And on Tuesday, it declared a regular dividend of 49 cents.
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Lilly sinks $20M into Chinese firm for 'branded generic' drugs

June 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. has invested $20 million in Chinese pharmaceutical company Novast Labs in an effort to build up a portfolio of branded generic medicines in the fast-growing Asian market.
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Lilly chases Novo in insulin race

June 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. announced positive results for an experiemental insulin at the annual American Diabetes Association conference in Philadelphia, but was still upstaged by Denmark-based Novo Nordisk A/S.
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FDA’s $6.4B drug review fee plan passes Senate

May 24, 2012
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Senate voted to let regulators collect on a $6.4 billion fee agreement struck with Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., Medtronic Inc. and other companies to fund reviews of new drugs and medical devices through 2017.
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Good cholesterol may not lower heart risk, study suggests

May 17, 2012
Bloomberg News
Raising good cholesterol, a goal pursued by Eli Lilly and Co. as the next milestone in cardiac care, may not cut heart-attack risk, says a study that challenges the development of drugs that may someday generate billions of dollars in sales.
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U.S. losing drug-research jobs to other countries

May 17, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and other big pharmaceutical companies are creating thousands of research jobs overseas as countries led by Singapore, Ireland and South Africa boost incentives.
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Lilly unlikely to gain from Plavix patent loss, analyst says

May 17, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and London-based AstraZeneca Plc aren't expected to have an easier time gaining more of the market for blood thinners dominated by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s Plavix after the drug loses U.S. patent protection Thursday.
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Roche scraps hoped-for cholesterol blockbuster

May 7, 2012
Associated Press
A second experimental cholesterol medicine in a once-promising class of drugs meant to replace blockbusters such as Lipitor has failed in testing, casting doubt on whether any of the drugs will ever make it to pharmacies. Eli Lilly is developing a similar drug.
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Lilly: Forget Alzheimer's; think diabetes

May 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
For more than a year, Eli Lilly and Co. has been viewed by investors as a laggard stock with one, slim shot at producing a huge jackpot: its experimental Alzheimer’s drug. But now company leaders are trying to direct investor attention toward the drugmaker’s diabetes portfolio.
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Arrests made in $80M Lilly prescription drug heist

May 3, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press, Bloomberg News
Authorities have arrested two Cuban brothers in the 2010 theft of about $80 million in Eli Lilly and Co. prescription drugs from a Connecticut warehouse, a robbery described as one of the biggest pharmaceutical heists in history, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday.
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Lilly letting U.S. researchers test failed compounds for new uses

May 3, 2012
Bloomberg News
More than 20 compounds that Eli Lilly and Co., Pfizer Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc failed to turn into drugs will be tested by U.S.-sponsored scientists in a $20 million program to see if they’ll work against ailments they weren’t aimed at previously.
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Lilly capitalizing on demand for testosterone drugs

May 2, 2012
Bloomberg News
The market for testosterone-replacement treatments is growing, but health experts say overuse of the drugs can be dangerous.
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Eli Lilly's Cialis faces faster-acting competition

April 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
A Vivus Inc. pill that is supposed to provide erections within 15 minutes, about half the time or less than Eli Lilly and Co.'s Cialis or Pfizer Inc.’s Viagra,  has received U.S. regulatory approval.
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Poison pills remain as Lilly shareholder vote falls short

April 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
The proposal garnered support from the owners of 62 percent of Eli Lilly's outstanding shares. To pass, the proposal needed approval from the owners of 80 percent of Lilly’s shares.
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Endocyte could get $1B from Merck development deal

April 16, 2012
Associated Press
Endocyte Inc. stock more than doubled in premarket trading after the company entered into an agreement to develop its ovarian cancer treatment with pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co.
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New Lilly drug has small sales potential

April 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.’s newest drug is a boon for Alzheimer’s research but is likely to bring the Indianapolis drugmaker less than $100 million in annual sales—at least initially, according to one of the few analysts to make a forecast.
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Express Scripts-Medco deal approved by U.S. regulators

April 2, 2012
Bloomberg News
Express Scripts Inc.’s $29.1 billion bid for rival drug benefit manager Medco Health Solutions Inc. won unconditional approval from U.S. antitrust regulators, clearing the way to create the biggest manager of prescription-drug benefits for corporate and government clients.
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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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