Pharmacist pouring something 311.
(photo credit: NATI SHOHAT/FLASH90)
A demonstration was held outside the Health Ministry’s new offices in Jerusalem
on Wednesday by pharmacy students protesting the long gap between the time they
can work with a license and their graduation.
The Pharmacy Law, which was
passed a little over a year ago, says that pharmacy students must finish an
internship in their final year and can then apply for a license.
National Student Association said it demanded that the ministry push through an
amendment to legislation that would change the situation.
test will be held only in December of this year and the following
Those who finish their studies in the summer and start an
internship will have to wait at least six months to take the exam. If they pass,
only then can they work as pharmacists.
Therefore they would be prevented
from starting their profession and would instead have to subsist on loans or
their parents’ money until that point.
The ministry invited
representatives to meet with Dr. Amir Shanoun, head of the professional
The spokeswoman of Health Minister Yael German said
she was new in her post and studying the issue.