March 19, 2011
Constant assurances that Britain is safe from harmful radiation were not enough to prevent people trying to buy iodine pills at pharmacies up and down the country on Friday.
The National Pharmacy Association said more than 100 of its members had received requests from members of the public for potassium iodide tablets, which prevent the body from absorbing radiation.
The pills have been handed out to people living near the Fukushima power plant, but scientists have repeatedly said there is no risk to human health beyond northern Japan.
Radioactive particles blowing across the Pacific have already caused a slight increase in background radiation in the US, and experts in Sweden have predicted that the entire northern hemisphere will eventually experience measurable increases.
This article was posted: Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 4:27 am