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2011 Prescription Index from the Practice Fusion Research Division
Date:8/16/2011

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Practice Fusion's Research Division released today the second annual Prescription Index of the 20 most commonly prescribed medications by specialty among physicians using the company's Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. Topping the list are prescriptions for blood pressure (Lisinopril, Family Practice), cholesterol (Simvastatin, Internal Medicine), infection (Amoxicillin, Pediatrics) and depression (Trazodone, Psychiatry). Since the release of its first Prescription Index in July 2010, Practice Fusion's user community has more than doubled in size and now serves over 18 million patients nationwide.

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Key changes in comparison with the 2010 Prescription Index:

  • Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco) has dropped out of the top 20 for 2011 Family Practice and Internal Medicine.
  • There is increased use of Tramadol (Ultram) for pain. Reduced addictive potential and generic availability may be correlated with this trend.
  • There is an increased use of Azithromycin (Zithromax) as an antibiotic for all specialties. Short course of dosing and generic availability may be correlated with this trend.
  • Among psychiatrists, there is a move away from Prozac and toward other S
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