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DISTRIBUTION AND ADMINISTRATION OF POTASSIUM IODIDE IN THE EVENT OF A NUCLEAR INCIDENT

Committee to Assess the Distribution and Administration of Potassium Iodide in the Event of a Nuclear Incident

Board on Radiation Effects Research

Division on Earth and Life Studies

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This study was supported by contract DHHS 200-2000-00629, Task Order Number 16, between the National Academy of Sciences and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

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COMMITTEE TO ASSESS THE DISTRIBUTION AND ADMINISTRATION OF POTASSIUM IODIDE IN THE EVENT OF A NUCLEAR INCIDENT

DAVID J. TOLLERUD (Chairman),

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

DAVID V. BECKER,

New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

LEWIS E. BRAVERMAN,

Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

L. ROBIN KELLER,

University of California, Irvine, CA

KAREN S. LANGLEY,

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

TIMOTHY J. MAHER,

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, MA

KENNETH MILLER,

Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

CHRISTOPH H-J REINERS,

University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

JOHN J. RUSSELL,

Washington State University, Richland, WA

ROBERT H. VOLLAND,

Federal Emergency Management Agency (ret.), California, MD

EDWARD L. WILDS,

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Hartford, CT

Sir E. DILLWYN WILLIAMS,

Christ's College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

LAUREN ZEISE,

California Environmental Protection Agency, Oakland, CA

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL STAFF

ISAF AL-NABULSI, Study Director

LAURA E. WATERS, Project Assistant

DORIS E. TAYLOR, Staff Assistant

NORMAN GROSSBLATT, Senior Editor

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE STAFF

DAVID BUTLER, Senior Program Officer

SPONSOR’S PROJECT OFFICER

JAMES SMITH,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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BOARD ON RADIATION EFFECTS RESEARCH

S. JAMES ADELSTEIN (Chairman),

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

JOEL S. BEDFORD,

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

VALERIE BERAL, (member until 7/31/2003),

University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

JAMES E. CLEAVER,

University of California San Francisco Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA

SARAH S. DONALDSON,

Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA

SHARON L. DUNWOODY,

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

EDWARD R. EPP, Professor Emeritus,

Harvard University, Boston, MA

DANIEL KREWSKI,

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

WILLIAM F. MORGAN,

University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

THEODORE L. PHILLIPS,

University of California, San Francisco, CA

FRANKLYN G. PRENDERGAST,

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Rochester, MN

ANDREW M. SESSLER,

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

DANIEL O. STRAM, (member until 7/31/2003),

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

PAUL L. ZEIMER,

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL STAFF

EVAN B. DOUPLE, Director,

Board on Radiation Effects Research

ISAF AL-NABULSI, Senior Program Officer

RICK JOSTES, Senior Program Officer

CATHERINE S. BERKLEY, Administrative Associate

TAJUANA CLAYTON, Project Assistant (until 9/5/2003)

TINA KING, Project Assistant

DIANNE STARE, Research Assistant (until 9/19/2003)

DORIS E. TAYLOR, Staff Assistant

LAURA E. WATERS, Project Assistant

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Acknowledgments

During the course of the committee’s deliberations, several people provided information to the committee. Their contributions invigorated committee deliberations and enhanced the quality of this report. The committee expresses its appreciation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for sponsoring the study and, in particular, to Dr. James Smith.

The committee and the staff of the Board on Radiation Research Effects (BRER) are grateful for the information provided by invited speakers who generously contributed their time and participated in the committee’s information-gathering meetings: James Smith, Ed Hildebrand, Craig Conklin, Brian Mattiello, Ron Fraass, Ed Tupin, Brad Leissa, Patricia Milligan, Nicki Pesik, Ruth Hagstrom, Jan Carney, John Harrald, Jan Wolff, Andre Bouvillé, Stephen Floyd, Ralph Andersen, and David Reid. The committee and the BRER staff appreciate the information, feedback, and background materials provided by Alan Morris and Michael Sinclair. We also appreciate the effort of LaTeya C. Foxx, Banneker-Anderson summer intern, for contacting all the states and collecting data on past, current, and future state plans to distribute potassium iodide to the public and nuclear workers. The committee is indebted to the input from each

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state’s authority for taking the time to summarize plans for distribution of potassium iodide.

The committee was extremely fortunate in the staffing of this study. We wish to thank our study director, Dr. Isaf Al-Nabulsi, for her expertise, dedication, and hard work; for keeping the committee focused and assisting in the writing and preparation of our report; and for her enormous effort in producing a clearly written, well-organized report that reflects the thought of the committee. Dr. Al-Nabulsi was well assisted in the administration of the committee’s work by Laura E. Waters and Doris E. Taylor.

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REVIEWERS

This report has been reviewed in draft form by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purposes of this review are to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards of objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following for their participation in the review of this report:

Andre Bouvillé, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

John T. Dunn, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

P. Andrew Karam, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Robert S. Lawrence, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Andrew M. Sessler, E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

Roger P. Shaw, Independent Consultant, Red Bank, NJ

Roy E. Shore, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Theofanis G. Theofanous, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Susan Wiltshire, Independent Consultant, S. Hamilton, MA

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Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Richard B. Setlow, Brookhaven National Laboratory (Senior Biophysicist). Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the author committee and the National Research Council.

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Radioactive iodines are produced during the operation of nuclear power plants and during the detonation of nuclear weapons. In the event of a radiation incident, radioiodine is one of the contaminants that could be released into the environment. Exposure to radioiodine can lead to radiation injury to the thyroid, including thyroid cancer. Radiation to the thyroid from radioiodine can be limited by taking a nonradioactive iodine (stable iodine) such as potassium iodide. This book assesses strategies for the distribution and administration of potassium iodide (KI) in the event of a nuclear incident. The report says that potassium iodide pills should be available to everyone age 40 or younger—especially children and pregnant and lactating women—living near a nuclear power plant. States and municipalities should decide how to stockpile, distribute, and administer potassium iodide tablets, and federal agencies should keep a backup supply of tablets and be prepared to distribute them to affected areas.

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