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Patient Participation in Clinical Trials Infographic

Another “Eye Opener” of an infographic from Lily COI team. The data presented seems to indicate that 10% of the patients do not participate in the clinical trials. If only they saw the infographic published by this team in Decemeber that the patients on Placebo will also receieve the standard treatment, could they be swayed to join the trial? Interesting question, Isn’t it?

Lilly Clinical Open Innovation

In December, we published our first infographic. Our goal was to start a discussion around the question: “How often do patients receive placebos in cancer clinical trials?” After digging into the data from cancer trials registered on, we found less than a 1 percent chance of a patient receiving a placebo alone on a cancer study. The majority of placebo-based trials adminster the placebo along with standard of care treatments. 

We received some great constructive feedback on the graphic from the patient advocacy and clinical research communities through our blog and Twitter. We appreciate those who asked clarifying questions and gave us suggestions for future infographics. Armed with their input, we went to work on our second infographic.


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Placebos in Cancer Clinical Research: An Infographic

While Placebos have been in use in Clinical Trials for a long time, I always wondered about the fate of patients who would receive a Placebo rather than the actual drug. This Inforgraphic by Lilly COI team provided an insight into Cancer Clinical Research and the use of Placebos. Thought I’d share it. Personally, I feel we ought to leverage newer technology like Human Genomes and perform more targeted research to not only reduce the cost of clinical research but more importantly reduce the impact of a critically ill patient receiving a Placebo instead of teh actual treatment.

Lilly Clinical Open Innovation

Back in September, we spent some time looking into the overall use of infographics in the clinical research space for a blog post titled, “Using Infographics to Increase Understanding of Clinical Trials.” What we learned is that there is  a real opportunity to create more infographics that present information about clinical trials in a way that’s clear, concise and visually-appealing, and that helps answer some of patients’ most frequently asked questions.

So, we decided to take a stab at putting together an infographic of our own. The question we set out to answer: “How often do patients receive placebos in cancer clinical trials?”

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I wish…I wish…

I have had enough blabbering from the NY Jets and I wish the Pats cut them to size this weekend. I agree they have a good defense but they talk too much and their offense stinks. I liked what I saw in Patriots against Bengals last week. Both their defense and offense did very well against a 2009 playoff team that is predicted to reach playoffs this year too.

So, hopefully I don’t have to hear about the Revis Island, No. 1 defense, Super Bowl so on and so forth from the Jets again next week.

Let’s go Pats!!!

What does it take Cloud Service Providers to overcome the skepticism?

I was viewing a video by Tony Scott, Microsoft CIO on their Microsoft Partner Network on IT Trends for 2010. He had an interesting analogy wherein he compares Cloud Computing to Banking and how we do not keep our money in a mattress anymore rather we keep it in the banks. I was wondering if the Cloud Service Providers (including MS) should take a cue from that and agree to have a governing body, like FDIC in case of banking, to oversee the facilities, practices and processes. This could be an independent body funded by a consortium of Cloud Service Providers. This body can be used not only to certify that the Cloud Service Providers are reliable, but can also pool funds from the CSPs and provide insurance for the customers who get adversely impacted by events. Just a random thought, I am sure it would take a lot of time and effort to come up with the strategy and implementation plan for this though.

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