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Pills That Blunt Radiation’s Health Danger Post 100% Price Surge

Consumers worried about atomic risks from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are rushing to buy tablets that can reduce the effects of nuclear-radiation exposure. 

Bottles of potassium iodide.

Bottles of potassium iodide.

Photographer: Richard Matthews/AP Photo

Anxious consumers concerned over nuclear-safety risks arising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are pushing up prices for iodine and potassium iodide pills.

Costs for the tablets — which helps protect the thyroid from radioactive chemicals — have surged in recent weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered the attack.