Coronavirus resource spotlight: Scripta’s drug substitution search tool

Here’s a look at a resource that allow employees to find alternatives to their prescription drugs–now available free of charge during the pandemic.

What it is: Scripta’s Drug Substitution Search Tool

The benefit company’s drug substitution search tool allows users to search up to 10 prescription medications they need alternatives for. These suggestions can help limit trips to the pharmacy and maintain social distancing rules, the company says. The tool also includes tips around ordering and picking up medications from Scripta’s doctors and pharmacists.

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Why it’s helpful: Supply chain disruptions and hoarding, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in particular, can cause situations where employees are not able to get the drugs they need, explains Scripta CEO Eric Levin. The tool helps them by suggesting similar drugs that may be smart substitutes. As a result, he says, employees are able to advocate for themselves and have an informed head start on a discussion with their doctor.

The software also is critical for HR managers “because the prescription marketplace is extremely complex, requires a great deal of specific knowledge around clinical issues and changes daily,” he says. “This results in companies and their employees dramatically overspending on pharmacy benefits. The inefficiency impacts and siphons funds that could otherwise be used to improve benefits or make them more affordable.”

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For more free benefits resources, check out this list from HRE.

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Kathryn Mayer
Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s former benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver.