FDA Approves Bark Scorpion Antivenin

AZCentral reports that the FDA has approves a Bark Scorpion antivenin. The little scorpions I get around the house here in Rio Rancho are not Bark Scorpions, thankfully. They sometimes are in New Mexico, but they are mostly in Arizona and Mexico.

Anascorp is made by a Mexican company, Instituto Bioclon, from the plasma of horses that are immunized with scorpion venom. The FDA approved the drug based on a UA-led study that found that children treated with the drug rapidly improved with few side effects.

Scorpions are a major problem in Mexico, where nearly a quarter-million scorpion stings are reported each year.

Boyer said the company agreed to open its doors to the FDA’s rigorous inspection process to ensure its manufacturing practices passed muster.

According to Boyer, this is the first time the FDA approved a drug that was made and developed in Latin America.

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