Anti-Radiation Pills Flying Off U.S. Drug Store Shelves

IoSatVia Fox News:

One drug supplier says it has sold 250,000 anti-radiation pills to people in the U.S. concerned about possible exposure from Japanese nuclear reactors.

Troy Jones, president of Nukepills.com, said his company sold out over the weekend of potassium iodide pills, which prevent against radiation poisoning of the thyroid gland. Jones, in an interview with FoxNews.com, said that the pills were sold to dozens of U.S. pharmacies, corporations, hospitals and nuclear labs.

“You name it,” he said. Jones said that he has back-ordered more than a million tablets and is expected to get another 10,000 of the liquid potassium iodine. He also said that he has donated about 50,000 pills to Japan, many of them going to a hospital in Tokyo.

Despite assurances from health officials that Americans are not at risk from Japanese nuclear reactors, U.S. drug stores are reporting a sudden increase in sales of the over-the-counter anti-radiation pills.

Potassium iodide pills are reportedly flying off the shelves at drug stores in at least three West Coast states — Oregon, California and Hawaii — according to several local press accounts.

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  • Butter Knife

    While I’m not one to criticize questioning “authorities” on many subjects, this is just people being dumb.

    Inside of the plant itself the radiation levels are high enough to make radiation sickness a legitimate concern… if you’re more than a couple of miles away the dose would be practically negligible.

    Even in the event of a total meltdown, the amount of fuel present could not possibly generate a nuclear event large enough to warrant the use of anti-radiation medicines in the continental US. Even in Hawaii it would be a stretch.

    I’m not saying that we couldn’t see any effects, or even that radiation couldn’t make it here, but Potassium iodide is simply unnecessary for even a worst case exposure.

    My only hope is that people are buying it here and sending it to japan, where it could actually do some good.

  • Butter Knife

    While I’m not one to criticize questioning “authorities” on many subjects, this is just people being dumb.

    Inside of the plant itself the radiation levels are high enough to make radiation sickness a legitimate concern… if you’re more than a couple of miles away the dose would be practically negligible.

    Even in the event of a total meltdown, the amount of fuel present could not possibly generate a nuclear event large enough to warrant the use of anti-radiation medicines in the continental US. Even in Hawaii it would be a stretch.

    I’m not saying that we couldn’t see any effects, or even that radiation couldn’t make it here, but Potassium iodide is simply unnecessary for even a worst case exposure.

    My only hope is that people are buying it here and sending it to japan, where it could actually do some good.

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