Panic buying hit US citizens by buying up anti-radiation pills amid fears of a nuclear war breaking out. Photo/Daily Mail
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to fuel fears of a nuclear war. This has prompted a surge in demand for anti-radiation pills. CNN has reported that potassium iodide producers in the U.S. have recorded supplies that were rapidly depleting recently in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24.
Pill maker IOSAT said its drug, which sells for $14 per pack, has sold out on its website.
This condition makes the price of pills that can fight the effects of radiation poisoning increase to meet the increasing demand. On online shopping site e-Bay, four boxes of Thyrosafe potassium iodide tablets are listed for $149. Meanwhile, a box of 130 mg IOSAT pills sells for USD 89.95 each, or around IDR 1.2 million, as quoted from Daily MailTuesday (15/3/2022).
Given the surge in demand for potassium iodide pills, which on their own and in small doses are harmless, the CDC is now warning that taking too many tablets can be fatal.
Radioactive iodide is known to damage the thyroid – an endocrine gland in the neck that produces hormones that regulate the body.
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According to the CDC once released into the atmosphere, it can be inhaled into the lungs and contaminate local water, soil, plants and animals.