(photo credit: Courtesy, Health Ministry)
There will be no shortage of prescription drugs on May 1, Health Minister Yael
German declared on Thursday, despite Pharma-Israel representatives in the
pharmaceutical industry saying they cannot meet a new law requiring Arabic and
Russian explanations on drug packages and on leaflets inside.
plenty of time to prepare for the change,” German said. “They are showing
contempt for the public. There won’t be a lack of drugs. We have a solution,”
she said, but did not give details. She said the deadline for the package
improvements had already been delayed once, last August.
also wants the companies to have a three-month supply of each drug in their
warehouses so that none run short.
Pharma-Israel, however, said that a
“serious shortage” of drugs is expected when the new requirements take effect
“There will be 21 million packages in our warehouses that
don’t meet the requirements, so they cannot be sold,” the importers and
They added that because most of the drugs are
products of international companies, the changes are more complicated and take
The industry, represented by the Israel Chamber of Commerce
and the Manufacturers’ Association, called on German to delay the deadline and
allow the medications to be sold anyway. They pleaded with German to hear their
Before the elections, ministry professionals were willing to
put off implementation of the change until the beginning of next year by
amending the law, but German opposed it.