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Frequency of Prescription Drugs on Durable Medical Equipment Files by Brand Drug Name

If a patient receives an oral chemotherapeutic agent that is equivalent to a chemotherapy administered intravenously, this agent may be captured in the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) file. Under most circumstances, CMS requires providers to use 11-digit National Drugs Codes (NDCs) when submitting DME claims for oral anti-cancer drugs. For patients in clinical trials, DME claims will be billed using HCPCS codes instead of DME codes. To assist investigators in assessing whether they need DME data for their analyses, frequency tables by brand drug name associated with the NDC codes in the DME data have been generated. The tables show the number of patients with each brand drug name by year. Tables have been produced for all patients in the PEDSF file as well as separate files for breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal cancer patients. Please note that the PEDSF file includes SEER-linked cases diagnosed from 1973 to 2011, but only SEER cases diagnosed from 2000 to 2011 from the expansion registries: Greater California, New Jersey, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Greater Georgia.

Last Modified: 03 Nov 2014