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A New Scorpion Antivenom
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Anascorp (Rare Disease Therapeutics), an intravenously administered antivenom derived from horse serum, has been approved by the FDA for treatment of clinical signs of scorpion envenomation.

SCORPION STINGS — About 17,000 scorpion stings are reported every year in the US.1 Arizona alone reports more than 10,000 annually. The bark scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) is the only scorpion in the US that can cause significant illness. Most stings result only in local pain and paresthesias, but severe symptoms including roving eye movements, loss of muscle control, slurred speech, drooling or frothing at the mouth, and respiratory distress can occur. Fatalities are rare. Serious envenomation, which usually occurs only in young children, is generally treated with a benzodiazepine such as midazolam and respiratory support, which may include intubation and ... more      

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