18 March 2011

Run on Potassium Iodide–Shortages for those who really need it? (Science illiteracy has consequences)

Posted by Dan Satterfield

I listened to a great interview on The World as I drove home for dinner tonight. Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, had some choice words for those who have bought out the supply of potassium iodide here in the U.S. She basically called stupid, the Americans who bought and started taking the tablets.

Click image and then listen to the interview.

If things got much worse in Japan, they may actually need extra supplies of these tablets. Garrett has a point. A very good example of how scientific illiteracy has consequences. It’s also shameful behavior IMHO.

Update: I expected that reports would be forthcoming of illnesses due to people taking these tablets and they have arrived.