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April 3, 2013

Iodine Supplements During and After Pregnancy—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC (Dr Stagnaro-Green; alexsg@gwu.edu); Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston (Dr Sullivan); and Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Pearce).

JAMA. 2013;309(13):1345-1346. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.2252

In Reply: Dr Bath and colleagues from the United Kingdom question our assertion that an RCT of iodine supplementation in pregnant and lactating women is unethical. Our statement relates to the United States where multiple medical societies recommend supplementation. We stand by this statement. However, geographic differences do exist. The lack of a national policy on iodine supplementation in the United Kingdom is perplexing, especially in light of the 2011 study documenting iodine insufficiency in school-aged girls.1

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