Bulgaria Pharmacies Refuse to Sell Insulin over Software Failure

Society | June 3, 2009, Wednesday // 19:51|  views

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A large number of the pharmacies in Bulgaria are not selling insulin due to problems with the new National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) prescription software.

Diabetic patients have been searching for insulin Wednesday without much success. The problem is that because of the faulty new software pharmacies have not been able to tell what price they should be selling the insulin that the NHIF provides.

The NHIF have promised to make a mass visit to pharmacies across the country so as to avoid a crisis situation, Darik Radio reported. There are 85 000 diabetics in Bulgaria.

Pharmacies across Bulgaria have not been able to fill out National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) prescriptions since Monday due to a faulty software program.

Doctors and Pharmacists announced that they can not tell which drugs have to be on the NHIF prescriptions and which should not be; therefore the current software program is useless to them.

It was also reported Monday that some pharmacies in the Bulgarian capital Sofia have not yet received the software program at all, Darik Radio informed.

The recently adopted new medical list that defines which drugs can be sold and which ones are fully paid for by the National Health Insurance Fund is very unpopular amongst Bulgarian pharmacists.

Pharmacies are also now forbidden to sell children's foods, which was one of their main incomes.


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