If you had planned on purchasing some Potassium Iodide as a precautionary measure in case radiation reaches us from Japan, think again.
According to the article “U.S. Government Blocking Americans From Obtaining Potassium Iodide” getting your hands on these pills could be extremely difficult.
I can’t say I blame the government for blocking the sale of Potassium Iodide. This panic purchasing behaviour is going to quickly destroy the supply, and in the event that those in some areas really need it, they won’t be able to get it, while others who have no real threat hoard all the pills.
Since pharmacies are apparently not allowed to sell potassium iodide now, the only place to turn may be online at places like eBay.
If you are thinking of just grabbing some online, make sure your credit card has some room on it. Fourteen tablet packages that typically sell for $10 to $15 are going for prices upwards of $500. As of the time of this writing there was one ebay listing with 38 bids and a little over an hour to go – bidding had reached $520.
So while it may be difficult to get your hands on some Potassium Iodide, if you trust what the experts are saying, we may not need it here in Canada and the US…. Lets hope so anyways.