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Japan Radiation Situation Update
3/18/2011

Following up on our podcast topic this week, Potassium Iodide & Radiation Exposure, we would like to update you with 2 new pieces of information:

  1. Gov. Gregoire reinforced advice in our podcast about not taking Potassium Iodide at this time in this King 5 article ;
    "Gov. Chris Gregoire wants people to follow the U.S. Department of Health's advice: Do not take potassium iodide pills in response to fears of radiation from Japan.
    Gregoire says that radiation levels in Washington have not changed and officials don't immediately expect a surge in those levels.
    The governor also says that potassium iodide pills could pose health risks and encouraged people on Thursday not to take them.
    " [emphasis added]
  2. According to the AP in this Foxnews.com article there has been some minute radiation from Japan detected in California.  However the most important piece of information in this article is not that radiation has been detected but that, "Initial readings are "about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening" [emphasis added]

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant situation remains fluid, and our pharmacists are committed to communicating important health related information to you as events unfold.  Please stay tuned to our website, facebook page, twitter page, and/or join our email newsletter list by using the box below.  Also, don't hesitate to contact us if we can answer any questions.

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