Maher Ishak of Woodbury Pharmacy: Licensing Requirements for Pharmacists

Maher Ishak has owned and operated Highland Mills, New York’s Woodbury Pharmacy for years, earning a reputation for strong customer service along the way. He has also worked on staff as a pharmacist at Good Samaritan Hospital and Grand Union Pharmacy.

In order to become a licensed pharmacist, an individual must fulfill a given state’s licensing requirements. All states require pharmacists to complete accredited doctor of pharmacy programs and pass the North American Pharmacists Licensure Examination given by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

But other requirements can vary significantly by state. In New York, for instance, a pharmacist must also pass the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination and complete a six-month internship. Foreign pharmacists must also earn a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee Certification, which requires passing a pharmacy exam and a test of English language skills. Other states require additional or other exams and different amounts of pharmacy training.

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