New antidote may help with scorpion stings

Sep 29, 2011

FDA approves scorpion antidote

Scorpion stings may not be as common in the United States as they are in underdeveloped countries, but in some severe cases in America individuals have died following one of these attacks, likely resulting in an unexpected life insurance claim.

The most common symptoms from scorpion stings are fluid buildup in lungs, slurred speech, trouble walking, muscle twitching and in untreated cases, death.

Until now, there has only been an antivenim to neutralize the stings that was derived from goat blood. The major drawback of this treatment is that the animal proteins it contains may cause potentially life-threatening complications. However, the Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new course of treatment for stings.

Anascorp, a biologic orphan drug, will be the first approved antidote used to treat scorpion venom, according to MedPage Today. The treatment is made from horse plasma that is immune to the most common scorpion located within the U.S. The majority of reported cases in the country are found in Arizona.

While the antidote is a positive breakthrough, many stings in young adults can be treated with simple first aid. 

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