U.S. Supplies of potassium iodide gone…. Government takes control

potassium iodideU.S. Supplies of potassium iodide pills are taking a huge hit as people flock to the stores in search of protection from possible nuclear fallout.

A number of stores across the west coast are reporting that they are completely sold out. And a pharmacist at a Walgreen’s in California told us that they would not be getting anymore because the government has seized all supplies.

Fleming Pharmaceuticals, maker of ThyroShield a potassium iodide used in nuclear emergencies, said in a press release, that before the Japanese Quake the federal government already had stockpiled millions of doses. The company claims that some of the federal stockpile has expired and the remaining supply is set to expire over the year.

White House chief spokesman Jay Carney continued to tell the press that the U.S. is not in danger, but wouldn’t comment on the governments stockpiling program.

Potassium iodide, which is sometimes sold as anti-radiation pills, can protect your thyroid from radiation by blocking the absorption of radioiodine. Potassium iodide does not protect from all side effects of radiation poisoning and can have a number of side effects. It should only be taken in prescription doses if the radiation reaches the coast at dangerous levels.

UPDATE: 3-15-2011 11:24p.m pst
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a statement about potassium iodide policy.
Dori Salcido, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health, said that they will be looking into “every aspect” of the Japanese disaster including “Policy options relating to KI distribution.”

UPDATE: 3-17-2011 9:44p.m pst
Anbex, the largest supplier of FDA-approved potassium iodide announced on its website that it ran out of stock on Monday, March 14, 2011. The Manufacturer says they should have more available by April 18.


  1. Mike
    March 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Got all my gear set up in a bug out bag ready to go in the event I ever had to leave at a moments notice but overlooked the need for potassium iodide pills. Finally found some and and got a email saying they were out of stock after I ordered so took there other brand they had in stock and they said it will be shipped out today. Emailed me again and said they can’t send out my order right now so kinda dissapointed but hopefully things won’t get bad enough that anyone here in the states should need them.

  2. Meme
    March 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I just want all you peeps to know, that you can get the natural form of iodine, KELP, no one has discovered it yet, and it is still on the shelves of places like GNC, or your local grocery store. That is what we are using. Also, GNC multivitamins have 100% of your daily potassium iodide in them. There ARE options! Protect yourself!

  3. Nikki
    March 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    @ MEME, how much Kelp do I take? Also I have children ages 10, 7, and 6.. how much do they take and for how long?? I just ordered Kelp from GNC but it’s in micrograms….



  4. Andrew
    March 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Kelp and KI (potassium iodide) are two different things entirely. You cannot swap one for the other.

    GNC multivitamins measure their KI in mcg. To obtain the needed amount of KI for radiation–measured in mg–you would need to consume bottles of the stuff. The vitamins would kill you long before any radiation.

    Keep things in perspective people. The U.S. detonated TWO ATOMIC BOMBS over Japan in WWII and everyone in the US made it out just fine.

    • Firefighter-Nurse
      January 1, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      1000mcg = 1mg

  5. Susan
    March 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I think we are all assuming that it will be in the air, but what happens when it hits the ground? All plants, etc. will be contaminated! I was raised in Wyoming and we were constantly showered with radiation with the government was testing bombs above ground. No one panicked then and although the cancer rate might be higher, no one died! I think this is all hype to keep the public in a constant state of fear. Last year it was global warming, this year its nuclear disaster. What happens, happens. Deal with it then and stop worrying.

    Emulate the Japanese… you don’t see them panicing under the worst of circumstances!

  6. Dave
    March 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    For once I feel safe living in south Florida!.

  7. Max
    March 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Well, looks like the government is taking good care of itself. Perhaps they bought all those potassium iodide pills to share with the people. lol

  8. Ack Ack
    March 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    We are not taking all the KI because of what is going on in Japan. We are taking all the KI for what is going to happen in the US. Specifically the New Madrid Fault line area.

    There are many reactors along the fault line. And there are many of you who are going to die from what is about to occur.

    Spend time with your families more than anything else. Your children. Days are short.

  9. WillieG1951
    March 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    There is a bit of “fear-mongering”, but not nearly as much as I thought there would be.. Of course the MSM is telling you everything is sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. I keep myself stocked up with things to keep myself healthy in an event of most situations. I do admire the Japanese, the are either a very stoic people or conditioned to do what their government tells them. . Either way they’re standing up to the adversity quite well. I also agree that a good quality multivitamin will give you iodine (potassium iodide). Just check the labels carefully.

  10. Colin
    March 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    It’s possible that all six reactors could melt down. That’s six Chernobyls. I know it’s a worst case scenario but it could still happen. I think that’s when we really have to start being concerned — and all that depends on how high up the contaminants are blown and how the winds are at the time.

  11. annje
    March 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    you can also get it in rosemary and by rubbing liquid iodine on your abdomen or forearm. doses matter w/the topical iodine too so research proper amounts and how often it should be done [by age]. increasing seafood intake is also helpful, the japanese people get approx 100 times the iodine in their diets as we do…because of the seafood intake. try not to worry, watch overseas reports for more accurate info. al jazeera and RT television, also, democracy now, on pbs is a good source for up to date, honest reporting. best of luck to all.
    god bless

  12. Emery
    March 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Iodine is an essential mineral. Most Americans are iodine deficient. That makes us vulnerable to a lot of diseases – including cancer. Soil depletion and poor diet are the main cause. The Japs have diet rich in iodine – this will help them in this situation. Most seafood is rich in iodine – like kelp.

    While KI pills or liquid are the best in a crises any source of iodine will help. If your thyroid has enough iodine it will not absorb the radioactive iodine-131 and it will pass out again relatively harmless.

    1000 mcg = 1 mg of iodine. If you could eat enough salt it would work but it would probably kill you too! Any source of iodine will help. Lugals is a good source. You use to be able to buy it at 10% strength. But the DEA said no no no, so now you can get it at 5% only 1 bottle at a time. They were using it for meth or something…. Sure.

    With the World Organic liquid KI pictured above – one drop = 150 mcg. So 7 drops = 1mg. With the liquid it is easier to bump up the dose. There is a lot of fear mongering concerning overdosing on iodine. Many experts think there is very little danger or side effects from it.

    The FDA MDR is only 150mcg a day. Many experts disagree with this number. The Japs consume much more. They are usually under in their recommendations as they serve big pharma which would rather you buy their stuff.

    Good source of info on iodine here:
    Iodine for Health

  13. Robert Urantia
    March 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I found liquid iodine in the stores, and avail on web as wound care and potassium is in most green plants including grasses. Seaweed has iodine, fish liver also. Your thyroid loves iodine.
    Children need iodine to prevent severe pain and genetic growths, do you want to hear your friends dieing, iodine is harmful like all minerals including salt in quantity over many doses. Give yogurt hours after any antibiotic. Stay quiet or sleep indoors but never exercise in radioactive dust, turn on shower spray, know God and be saved by simple prayer talk to him.

  14. Why would they want us to be able to protect ourselves against their engineered disaster?

    FYI – Too easy to make yourself. Really, look it up.


  15. The bottom line is that prevention is better than cure, and let’s face it folks, nuclear power is just plain dangerous….the sad thing is that there are suppressed technologies that can free mankind from energy slavery forever…

    Detoxing from radiation exposure is somewhere I’d prefer not to go, but chelation therapy should be very effective, as well as zeolite (zeolite was used at chernobyl as part of the clean up operations as well, and provwed to be tremendously effective)

  16. jok
    March 17, 2011 at 12:27 am

    russians developed it for chenolbyl


  17. richard
    March 17, 2011 at 1:03 am

    This is all wrong…. PLUTONIUM….. Is WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH. iodide is useless NUMBER TWO WAS loaded with MOX which is a blend of uranium and the above element

  18. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi
    March 17, 2011 at 2:33 am

    damage set in motion will be beyond comprehension
    “Now I am become death…..The destroyer of worlds”

  19. Dr. Eurel Bloomenthal
    March 17, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Mr. richard, you are mistaken on reactor #2. It’s actually reactor #3 that has the partial plutonium/uranium core rods. We needed to use up at that time in the late 60′ & 70’s the extra plutonium from the ICBM weapons program. You could say a type of recycling program, not publicly secret. Although, in this unfortunate partial meltdown of 50% to 80% due to plate tectonics and old outdated containment technology, this one reactor is akin to 100+ times more dangerous radiological output than any neighboring reactor. And yes you got it right in general and some of the media is finally covering that fact,but not it’s high output! 100 Godzilla’s.

  20. Rupert
    March 17, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I couldn’t find any so I got some liquid Iodine instead. As the bad air comes across America you should keep in mind that those clouds and those water droplets have dust particles and some of those are going to be radioactive.

    When it rains, don’t let it get on you and wash it off if you do. You need to get an umbrella and a raincoat and use them.

    Keep in mind that no one knows how many trillions of atoms of radioactive Iodine, Cesium and other toxins have been released into the atmosphere and radiation detectors do not respond to single atoms of the stuff but your flesh will respond to them and in a negative way if you get it on you or in you.

    Obama says and does nothing about getting Iodide pills out to protect our children – he wants to build 60 more nukes in America. NBC News says don’t worry about it – they are owned by the people who made the REACTORS.

    Obama is taking his family down to Rio.

    Any questions?

  21. I would not really trust the Gov for anything much these days, get any Ki or iodine while you can, and have your bug out bags ready to go!

  22. This is freaky. It feels like Im waiting for the other shoe to drop. What would happen if they all had a meltdown??

  23. Ernest colby Drost
    March 17, 2011 at 6:52 am

    the radiation leaked from a reactor can do upto 200 plus times the radioactive damage of a nuke. that’s using uranium fuel rods. if their using MOX fuel (plutonium and uranium oxide) it can be 2 million times worse. take that into perspective before you say nukes let out more radiation. the endangered reactors use MOX

  24. moochoo
    March 17, 2011 at 8:40 am

    richart, on thu 17 mar AD2011 103AM said:
    ‘This is all wrong.. ‘ & ‘iodide is useless’

    And I quote:
    “Where Does [iodine] Come From? Stable iodine (iodine-127) is naturally present in seaweeds, sponges, and other materials. Radioactive isotopes of iodine are produced by nuclear fission. When an atom of uranium-235 (or other fissile nuclide) fissions, it generally splits asymmetrically into two large fragments – fission products with mass numbers in the range of about 90 and 140 – and two or three neutrons. (The mass number is the sum of the number of protons and neutrons in the nucleus of the atom.) Iodine-129 and iodine-131 are two such products.”

    Iodine-131 is a by-product.

  25. Havoc
    March 17, 2011 at 8:49 am

    @Richard: All uranium fission reactors have plutonium in them, as the fuel is consumed over time. Plutonium is a byproduct of the fission uranium fuel cycle. That’s why a reactor is so important for the production of weapons grade plutonium. Burn the uranium for a while producing power, remove the fuel rod, reprocess and extract the plutonium.

    This is not a ‘big deal’ over any other reactor’s fuel rods. The Plutonium level is just higher to start out.

    Ignoring the MOX issue completly, radioiodine or Iodine 131 is only one of about 9 dangerous isotopes observed released from Chernobyl. Same stuff is involved here. KI is effective in blocking only Iodine 131 (half life of 8 days) and utterly useless for the rest, most of which are longer-lived, like Cesium 134 and 137. Also Xe, Te-132/I-132, Zr-95, Nb-95, Ru, Ba-140, La-140, and others.

  26. Chuck
    March 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Chuck Norris will save us.

  27. joe dirt
    March 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I am getting a kick out of these people that do not believe anything the goverment says, till this disaster. Christ sakes people, we have examples in history already for what will happen. Including Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Relax…

  28. noGmo
    March 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

    For all of you who want to learn about why seaweed is a GREAT alternative to dangerous iodide pills…check out this site:


    he has great thyroid info and can explain everything you need to know.

  29. Walter Derzko
    March 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Scientists in Ukraine are about to start production of a fullerene or buckeyball C60 drink called Fullerene Water Solution or FWS which has been approved by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health. One of its properties is that it offer radio-protection. I see a brisk extreme medical tourism market to Ukraine for FWS treatment if the situation in Japan worsens.

  30. Todd
    March 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I dont think there is anything to worry about and I live in California. Unless an earthquake takes down San Onefre Nuclear plant, I am not worried. I think a lot of people are over reacting. Remember when the bird flu was supposed to be the real deal, and we were all supposed to go out and buy Donald Rumsfleds’ Tamiflu to save ourselves?

  31. Bmore Bobby
    March 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Walmart. I got 16 oz bottle liquid from walmart phaarmacy. They had to order it but it came next day. I paid $30. They have smaller but my bottle is huge. Good luck everyone. Maybe god be with you no matter which one you belive in.

  32. Phillip
    March 18, 2011 at 9:47 am

    @Andrew LMFAOOOO dude, are you serious. There’s a huge difference between a first-gen atomic BOMB fallout and a modern nuclear plant MELTDOWN fallout. Please educate yourself

  33. Phillip
    March 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

    btw misleading title is extremely misleading. A PHARMACIST AT A WALGREEN’S in California told us that they would not be getting anymore because the government has seized all supplies. LAWL @ UR SOURCE. Yellow journalism for the loss

  34. jim-bo
    March 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    if the government keeps on saying ,its all ok there is nothing to worry about, then if you ask me its time to be very worried , just pray to God and take care as much as you can,may God be with us all.

  35. Rich
    March 19, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I can confirm this story, as I also personally went into Walgreen’s to obtain KI or Potassium Iodide pills and was told by a Walgreen’s Pharmacist that the Govt, or Nuclear Regulatory Commission, had previously seized all the supplies. What do they know that we do not? As an alternative, get a hold of anything with high content of kelp. Kelp is very high in iodine.

  36. sKep
    March 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Believe that the nuclear particles have already hit Washington State (as early as Last Monday or Tuesday). There were pretty high winds coming in from the Pacific in WA State. Anything nuclear probably arrived much quicker than normal. As you see, folks seem to be keeping pretty mum there. Only if you consider the Surgeon General to be stupid, will you not take some steps to protect yourself (assuming that the quotes I have seen reported about her are true). Her office would have been and still would be on RED ALERT!. It’s amazing that more of us don’t have Geiger counters, just like we have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We are like lambs to the slaughter.

  37. DJK
    March 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Everyone is worried about KI; what about measuring background radiation and tracking it. How many good radiation meters are out there?

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