Thomas E Delea

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PURPOSE Patients with bone metastases from lung cancer often experience skeletal-related events (SREs) including pathological fracture, spinal cord compression, hypercalcemia or pain requiring surgery, radiotherapy or opioid analgesics. These complications result in impaired mobility and reduced quality of life and have a significant negative impact on(More)
In this study, we examine the cost effectiveness of carvedilol for the treatment of chronic heart failure (CHF). We use a Markov model to project life expectancy and lifetime medical care costs for a hypothetical cohort of patients with CHF who were assumed alternatively to receive carvedilol plus conventional therapy (digoxin, diuretics, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the incidence of heart failure in individuals with type 2 diabetes receiving thiazolidinediones (TZDs) versus other oral antihyperglycemic agents. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We conducted a retrospective cohort study using a health insurance claims database. The study sample included patients with type 2 diabetes who received an oral(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with thalassemia major require iron chelation therapy (ICT) to prevent complications from transfusional iron overload. Deferoxamine is effective, but requires administration as a slow continuous subcutaneous or intravenous infusion five to seven times per week. Deferiprone is a three-times-daily oral iron chelator, but has limited(More)
Adjuvant tamoxifen therapy for 5 years reduces recurrence in hormone receptor positive, post-menopausal women with early breast cancer, but offers no advantage when prolonged to another 5 years, during which the risk of recurrence remains high. Treating patients, who remain disease-free after 5 years of tamoxifen, with letrozole significantly reduces(More)
BACKGROUND Deferasirox is a recently approved once-daily oral iron chelator that has been shown to reduce liver iron concentrations and serum ferritin levels to a similar extent as infusional deferoxamine. OBJECTIVE To determine the cost effectiveness of deferasirox versus deferoxamine in patients with beta-thalassaemia major from a US healthcare system(More)
Intravenous bisphosphonates are effective in reducing the incidence of skeletal-related events (SREs) in women with bone metastases of breast cancer. The cost-effectiveness of such therapy depends in part on the potential cost savings achieved by preventing these events. However, estimates of the costs of SREs in women with bone metastases of breast cancer(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical trials suggest that in patients with asthma inadequately controlled on low- to medium- dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs), the addition of a long-acting beta-agonist such as salmeterol (SAL is more effective than the addition of montelukast (MON) or a higher-dose ICS. OBJECTIVE This study was designed to expand on these earlier(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with bone metastases secondary to prostate cancer are predisposed to skeletal-related events (SREs), including spinal cord compression, pathological fracture, surgery to bone and radiotherapy to bone. The objective of this study was to document current patterns of healthcare utilization and costs of SREs in patients with prostate cancer(More)
Deferoxamine mesylate (DFO) reduces morbidity and mortality associated with transfusional iron overload. Data on the utilization and costs of care among U.S. patients receiving DFO in typical clinical practice are limited however. This was a retrospective study using a large U.S. health insurance claims database spanning 1/97-12/04 and representing 40(More)