Minister of Health: Pharmaceutical company RO Antibiotice Iași to start manufacturing iodine pills

Romanian drug producer Antibiotice Iași will start producing iodide pills, Health Minister Alexandru Rafila announced, reported.

He was responding to a question about preparedness for a potential nuclear event.

Rafila explained that the manufacturer had the substance to produce the drugs.

At the same time, the Minister stressed that the drug should not be taken preventively.

“I don’t think there will be any problems. I want to make one thing clear: Potassium iodide is not a panacea; it is not taken as a preventative. It is given strictly on the advice of a certain category of people,” Rafila said.

An assessment by the INSP Institute of Public Health and the Health Ministry’s Endocrinology Commission showed that a maximum of 30 million pills would be needed, the minister said.

The tablets would then be distributed to public health departments to reach town halls across the country, he said.

In a March 6 interview with the Digi 24 TV channel, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă spoke of an insufficient stock of iodine tablets and said that pharmaceutical producers had been contacted to fill the stocks.

Recent developments in Ukraine prompted many people to rush to buy iodine pills, but local pharmacies had no stocks of potassium iodide pills, Ziarul Financiar reported last week.

Antibiotice Iași is controlled by the Romanian state through the Ministry of Health.

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