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Sat Mar 1, 2014, 01:17 PM


Webster nuke pills pass expiration date

David Riley, ROC

Just add six months to the expiration date.

That's the message from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, to state and local governments with just-expired stockpiles of pills for people who live near nuclear power plants to take to protect themselves from radiation exposure in the event of an accident.

Federal budget woes and last fall's government shutdown have delayed until sometime in April the delivery of new tablets to replace ones stamped with a February 2014 expiration date, a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, spokesman said Friday.

However, the FDA has said that research shows the pills should remain effective for up to six months beyond their manufacturer's original expiration date as long as they have been stored properly.


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