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April 3, 2013

Iodine Supplements During and After Pregnancy

Author Affiliations

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

Author Affiliations: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, England (Drs Bath and Rayman) (m.rayman@surrey.ac.uk); and Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England (Dr Jolly).

JAMA. 2013;309(13):1345-1346. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.2237

To the Editor: Dr Stagnaro-Green and colleagues1 argued that a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of iodine in pregnancy would be unethical because many international bodies recommend additional iodine intake, largely for the prevention of cognition-related adverse effects in offspring. We dispute their assertion that such a trial is necessarily unethical.