Potassium Iodide (KI) Distribution

Potassium Iodide (KI) Distribution
Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) received notification from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) that the expiration date for the Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets has been extended for the current supply of KI tablets that expire in February 2015 for two years.

KI Tablets given out previously by the Montgomery County Health Department have expiration dates of either February or June 2015, a shelf life extension of two years has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based on scientific evidence that the KI tablets will remain effective beyond their original expiration date. Initial testing from the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Laboratories confirms these tablets are effective.

Therefore, residents who possess pills with 2015 expiration dates do not need to obtain replacement tablets and should not discard the tablets they currently have. KI Tablets will not expire until February 2017.

Know What to Do in Case of a Nuclear Accident
Radioactive iodine, one of the contaminants that could be released in a nuclear accident or similar event, can increase the risk of thyroid cancer. Potassium iodide (KI) is a drug that, when taken in an appropriate and timely dosage, can block exposure to radioactive iodine.

As part of Montgomery County’s continuing emergency preparedness efforts, the Montgomery County Health Department is again making potassium iodide tablets available to residents who live or work within a 10-mile radius of the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant.

Public Form (Within a 10 mile radius)
Montgomery County residents can complete the KI Public Form online, print the form, and bring it with them to the Pottstown Health Center to help expedite the process. If forms cannot be printed, they will be available at the distribution sites.

Business Form (Within a 10 mile radius)
Unlike families, businesses are given a one day supply of KI. Businesses should call the Pottstown Health Center (610-970-5040), to provide information on the number of employees, and to schedule a pickup time for their KI tablets. To expedite the process, businesses can complete the KI Business Form and email the form to the Montgomery County Health Department. Business KI orders will not be filled at the public distribution sites. Businesses will be contacted when the order is ready for pickup at the Pottstown Health Center.

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