Japan crisis spikes demand for potassium iodide pills



A run on potassium iodide?

Japan’s nuclear crisis is spiking demand in the U.S. and a few other places for a cheap drug that can protect against one type of radiation damage — even though the risk is only in Japan.

Health agencies in California and western Canada warned Tuesday that there’s no reason for people an ocean away to suddenly stock up on potassium iodide, however, despite those assurances from officials, key suppliers say they’re back-ordered and are getting panicked calls from potential customers.

We contacted several suppliers and each  had sold out of their inventory and were only taking back-orders.

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