The problem of insulin deficiency is chronic, it worsens periodically.

This was commented on Nova by the Minister of Health Prof. Hristo Hinkov.

Hristo Hinkov was born on March 25, 1953 in Sofia.

On June 6, 2023, he was elected Minister of

He reported that in December there were 15 reports of lack of insulin in pharmacies, and after the measures of the Ministry of Health for January and February there were 5 reports.

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"The main problem is related to wholesalers - there is no connection between them and pharmacies.

Some of the wholesalers have chain pharmacies, things are good there.

This results in a shortage, especially in the more remote areas", stated Hinkov.

According to him, the problem is not so serious and there is no cause for concern.

The minister did not rule out cases of illegal export of insulin, despite the ban of the Ministry of Health.

"Information from DANS was brought out - not only about insulin, but also about other drugs.

For specific companies engaged in unregulated re-export.

This is secret information, the prosecutor's office is dealing with it," Hinkov added.

He believes that cheap drugs are permanently disappearing from the Bulgarian market.

“There are drugs in psychiatry that are long gone.

It is so because the holder of the use permit does not have an account of these low prices that are available here", stated Hinkov.

The Minister of Health also said that they will periodically extend the ban on the export of insulin in order to guarantee the necessary quantities for the Bulgarian market.

Khinkov was adamant that after the rotation he would not remain in the post, despite being advised not to leave.

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