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KI Shortage

March 16, 2011

The nuclear crisis in Japan has caused an increase in the demand for potassium iodide (KI), which is “a cheap drug that can protect against one type of radiation damage.”

Even though the radiation from Japan isn’t expected to reach the US’s west coast, it’s not stopping people from purchasing this suddenly “hot commodity.” Unfortunately, this fear is causing a shortage as companies that make KI find themselves back-ordered on it. Also, this surge in demand from people thousands away from the disaster is preventing and delaying all available doses of KI from going to people who really need it–the victims and relief workers.

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