15 Mar '11, 10am

Health experts sound warning over iodine rush

HONG KONG: Japan's nuclear crisis has sparked panic buying of iodine pills, with online bids exceeding US$500 for a single packet, but health experts hosed down the hysteria and warned the pills are of limited use. As fresh blasts rocked a stricken atomic plant on Japan's east coast, and crews worked frantically to cool reactors that emitted dangerous levels of radiation near the facility, jitters spread to Tokyo and beyond. US-based firms selling potassium iodide, a radiation sickness preventative, completely ran out of stock and pharmacies across the country's Pacific-facing West Coast had a rush on the over-the-counter pills. "We are quite slammed with orders, but we are working as fast as we can to get orders out," said NukePills.com, which had sold out of iodine tablets and was fast exhausting oral liquid supplies. "We are experiencing delays in shipping due to the Ja...

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