The largest order in history is being planned by the federal government.
PI is given in preparation for radiation poisoning. Wikipedia reports:
In 1982, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved potassium iodide to protect thyroid glands from radioactive iodine involving accidents or fission emergencies. In an accidental event or attack on a nuclear power plant, or in nuclear bomb fallout, volatile fission product radionuclides may be released. Of these products, 131I is one of the most common and is particularly dangerous to the thyroid gland because it may lead to thyroid cancer. By saturating the body with a source of stable iodide prior to exposure, inhaled or ingested I tends to be excreted, which prevents radioiodine uptake by the thyroid. The protective effect of KI lasts approximately 24 hours. For optimal prophylaxis, KI must be dosed daily until a risk of significant exposure to radioiodine by either inhalation or ingestion no longer exists.
Emergency 130 milligrams potassium iodide doses provide 100 mg iodide (the other 30 mg is the potassium in the compound), which is roughly 700 times larger than the normal nutritional need (see recommended dietary allowance) for iodine, which is 150 micrograms (0.15 mg) of iodine (as iodide) per day for an adult. The tablet is actually 160 mg.
The dose size of the ordered tablets: 65mg.
Deadline for delivery: February 1.
With the Web filled with recent stories of Fukushima leaks, this is not a good time for the government to do this, right? It might make people wonder what is going on.
There must be a good explanation, right? So, this reporter called to ask. Watch the video, 3 minutes in, for the official answer.
(To see the order request, click the link.)