Karachi: Insulin, which is used by people with diabetes, is getting harder to find on the market. Diabetes patients need different kinds of insulin to control their blood sugar, but there is a shortage of different kinds of insulin on the market right now.
Professor Zaman Sheikh, a former professor of medicine at Dow University and an expert on diabetes, told The Express Tribune that 33 million people in Pakistan have diabetes (303 million). There are 19 0851 people with type one diabetes, and there are 32.9 million people with type 2 diabetes.
All of the people with type 1 diabetes use the medicine their doctor gave them to control their blood sugar, because they can’t control their sugar without insulin. Insulin is the only thing that people who need it can use.
In response to a question, he said that there is no shortage of insulin anywhere in the world. However, some brands of insulin are temporarily out of stock, but there are other brands of insulin on the market.
Atif Balu, President of the Civil Cell Chemists Council of Pakistan, said that there is still a shortage of Humalin 70/30 insulin on the market. There is also a shortage of other life-saving medicines, including insulin, on the market, and imports from other countries are still in short supply. A drug crisis is on the way.
The owners of medical stores that sell medicines say that patients who used to take three-time medicines now have to buy two-time and one-time medicines. The owner of a drug store, Wasif Shaikh, said that the prices of almost all medicines have been going up since June 2022. After the floods in August, there has been a rise in the number of people who need different medicines. This has caused a shortage of medicines on the market. Still, there isn’t enough. Most of the drugs also went off the market at the same time. After that, the same drugs, like insulin, were sold in large quantities.
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