ROCKVILLE, MarylandThe FDA has issued new recommendations for
administering potassium iodide to reduce the risk of thyroid cancer in
children and adults in emergencies involving the release of radioactive iodine
into the environment.
The new FDA guideline recommends a standard daily dose of 16 mg of potassium iodide
infants less than 1 month old; 32 mg for children 1 month to 3 years; 65 mg for
those between ages 3 and 18 years; and 130 mg for adults, including pregnant
and lactating women, and adolescents who weigh more than 150 pounds.
FDA adds that, as a general rule, daily dosing should continue until the risk
of exposure has passed and/or until other protective measures are successfully