Finnish pharmacies ran out of iodine tablets Wednesday, a day after the Finnish Health Ministry advised families that a single dose is ideal for a radiation exposure emergency following growing fears of a nuclear event following Russia’s expanding military buildup in Ukraine.
“An accident at a nuclear power plant could release radioactive iodine into the environment, which could build up in the thyroid gland,” the Finnish Minister of Health.
Several pharmacies round Finland announced Wednesday they were running out of Iodoral tablets because the populace rushed to stock up. According to the drug wholesaler, the pharmacies had an iodine stockpile depleted.
The government’s iodine tablet recommendation applies only to those aged 3 to 40 due to the known risks of radiation exposure at that age group.
The agency did not reveal where such incidents may take place. It merely said that its decision about meal prep using iodized salt had been updated to match the most recent iodizing recommendations set up by the World Health Organization.
In the event of an emergency, sheltering indoors is the most effective method for providing protection from radiation, according to the Finnish health ministry’s recommendation.