HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvanians who have potassium iodide tablets that are set to expire this year do not need to replace them and should not throw them out.
The state Department of Health has extended the expiration dates by two years.
The department tested the potassium iodide, or KI tablets, using guidelines issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and determined they will remain effective beyond their original expiration dates, according to a news release Thursday.
The tablets can be used until January 2017 if they were stored in a dry place, between 59 and 86 degrees, and the foil packaging is still intact.
KI tablets are distributed to people who live or work within a ten-mile radius of one of Pennsylvania’s five nuclear power plants.
The pills can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine when taken as directed during radiological emergencies.