Radiation pills designed to treat the sickening symptoms of a nuclear attack have been bought by the US Government amid bonkers Vladimir Putin’s threats to unleash grim weapons of mass destruction.
American officials spent an eye-watering $290million (£258million) on the potentially life-saving treatments which can reduce deadly bleeding from a nuclear fall-out.
It comes just days after the Daily Star revealed a military expert’s warnings that the Russian dictator was “frightened” over his army’s failures in Ukraine and is therefore more likely to press his lethal red button.
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The unhinged tyrant vowed he wasn’t bluffing with his nuclear threats and threatened to use “all the means at [his] disposal” to push his agenda.
But despite the highly-publicised nuclear tensions, the US Government tried to issue reassurance that its purchase of the Nplate pills, used to treat acute radiation syndrome (ARS), was nothing to do with Putin.
A spokesperson for the Human Services Department (HSS) in Washington, who announced the decision, told The Daily Telegraph: "This is part of our ongoing work for preparedness and radiological security. It has not been accelerated by the situation in Ukraine."
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The drug, which is also used to treat patients with blood platelets, was investigated by the HSS alongside pharmaceutical company Novartis to see if it could also save lives in a nuclear accident.
HSS boffins explained: “ARS, also known as radiation sickness, occurs when a person's entire body is exposed to a high dose of penetrating radiation, reaching internal organs in a matter of seconds.
"Symptoms of ARS injuries include impaired blood clotting as a result of low platelet counts, which can lead to uncontrolled and life-threatening bleeding.
"To reduce radiation-induced bleeding, Nplate stimulates the body's production of platelets. The drug can be used to treat adults and children."
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