Applications of potassium iodide pills - many travelers have come about to fly in areas near the Pacific - rose last week, according to some pharmacists.
"I would say that it is directed upwards. It 'really got. We had people driving from Mississauga and Toronto," says Elaine Dias, owner of Courtice Pharma Save, the pharmacy is located 10 miles from Darlington Nuclear.
The request came from family members concerned, and soon to be tourists who travel to Hawaii, "said Dias.
These concerns were received from Health Canada to warn customers that they should not try to heal themselves if potassium iodide is available without prescription.
"Trespassing on the sale and storage is also creating a shortage that could adversely affect consumers who have a genuine medical need potassium iodide, Health Canada said spokesman Gary Holub.
Tablets, also known as KI, is a kind of salt, which protects the thyroid from radioactive iodine, which can cause thyroid cancer. Gland radioactive iodine-soaked, and no trace of radioactive iodine is excreted in the urine.
Dias is a pharmacy is authorized to provide pills for residents south of Taunton Rd between Oshawa and Bowmanville, "said Dias. Customers from outside the area, Dias try to allay the fears of customers telling them that" there is no reason to concern "because of their location.
But Dan Collins Oakville residents, their health problems abroad and his brother John is preparing to fly to Hawaii next week.
"It is a bit worried because he has no access (pills)," said the 69-years.
His brother tried to find a solution of potassium iodide three pharmacies in Brampton, but found nothing was available.
Collins had plans to go to California next month, but has since decided against it. He cites a number of reasons, including the difficulty of tracking down the pills and the recent reports of a plume drifting in the state.
"I'm thinking it does not matter where you go ... you should have these pills, "said Collins, representing the tablets against malaria drugs taken prior to traveling in the Caribbean.
Ontario Pharmacists' Association has urged caution in public consumption of potassium iodide. Possible side effects include severe allergic reactions, stomach upset, rash and inflammation of the salivary glands.
Health Canada said it expected to harmful radiation from the damaged Japanese nuclear plant to reach Hawaii or the West Coast.
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