MOORESVILLE, N.C., March 15 (UPI) -- A U.S. Internet provider of radiation emergency preparedness products is donating 50,000 potassium iodide pills to Japan.
Nukepills.com said it is donating the pills to Tokushukai Hospital in Tokyo for immediate distribution to those affected by Japan's nuclear reactor crisis resulting from last week's massive earthquake and tsunami.
"We are very pleased that these tablets will be given to people directly affected by the nuclear crisis," said Troy Jones, president of Nukepills.com.
Stockpiling of potassium iodide is recommended by health officials worldwide to prevent thyroid cancer in people exposed to radioactive iodine in the event of a nuclear reactor accident or detonation of a nuclear weapon.
FDA approved in 1982, potassium iodide is available without a prescription.
Nukepills is an Internet supplier of radiation emergency preparedness products that protect against dirty bomb radiation, nuclear reactor accidents and nuclear weapon fallout, and are used for radiation therapy/decontamination in hospitals.
The company was founded in 1999 as a means of supplying FDA-approved Iosat Potassium Iodide directly to the general public and has sales programs throughout Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.