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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mexico Takes The Sting Out


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Aug. 2011
Scorpions are alternately cherished and feared in parts of northern Mexico, where stings are common and the dead critters adorn keychains and ornamental ashtrays.

Now Mexican scientists are bringing to the United States the result of years of experience battling the sometimes-deadly effects of their stings with a newly approved anti-venom.
The product, sold in the United States under the name Anascorp, was developed by scientists at Mexico's National Autonomous University and the private Instituto Bioclon.
It was tested at U.S. emergency rooms on more than 500 victims of painful scorpion stings before gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Wednesday.