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Potassium Iodide (KI)

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) participates in a program sponsored by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to supply Potassium Iodide (KI) pills to the general public within the 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) around each commercial nuclear power plant.  The following counties are in the 10 mile EPZ:  Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Lake, Lucas, and Ottawa.

The current lot of KI (TU404A) had an original expiration date of April 30, 2020.  This lot has been tested per FDA shelf-life extension guidelines and the expiration date has been extended to December 31, 2021.

New replacement KI from the NRC is expected in 2020.  The new replacement KI will be distributed to the local and county health departments within the 10-mile EPZ when it is available.  Members of the general public in the 10-mile EPZ should contact their local or county health department for information on the availability of KI.  During an incident, KI will be made available at evacuation reception/care centers.  The current lot of KI (TU404A) had an original expiration date of April 30, 2020.  This lot has been tested per FDA shelf-life extension guidelines and the expiration date has been extended to December 31, 2021.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recommends disposing of expired KI by placing in the household trash.  The following table lists the expired lot numbers.

Lot # Brand Expiration
 P200212  iOSAT – 130 mg  May 2009
 TU801A  ThyroSafe – 65 mg  October, 2014
 TU902A  ThyroSafe – 65 mg  December, 2014

For more information:

KI Directive
NRC Website 
Extension letter 
KI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
KI Fact Sheet
Health Effects of KI

 

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Radiological Health and Safety Section
246 N High St
Columbus OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 644-2727
Fax: (614) 466-0381

E-Mail: Bradiation@odh.ohio.gov