Arizona Hospitals to Participate in Scorpion Antivenom Project; Mexico Company to Donate Antivenom for Children

AZ medical personnel will receive training for using a scorpion antivenom new to the United States.

Arizona Hospitals to Participate in Scorpion Antivenom Project; Mexico Company to Donate Antivenom for Children

What: Medical personnel from rural and other Arizona hospitals will receive training Oct. 21 and 22 for using a scorpion antivenom new to the United States. Instituto Bioclon of Mexico, which manufactures Anascorp(tm), the antivenom, and Rare Disease Therapeutics, Inc. of Nashville, Tenn., in conjuction with the University of Arizona, plan to provide the antivenom free to qualifying hospitals who are running out of existing antivenom treatment for dangerous scorpion stings. Every year, 100 or more small children in Arizona suffer the rare but severe nerve poisoning consequences of scorpion stings.
When: Reporters are welcome to attend the introduction and background sessions of the training from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct 21. Press questions and photos will take place from 10 to 11 a. m. Oct. 21.

Where: Amphitheatre Room, Wyndham Buttes Resort, 2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe, Ariz.


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Available for interviews:
English or Spanish

  • Leslie Boyer, MD, medical director, Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Juan Silanes, president, Instituto Bioclon, Mexico City, Mexico

English

  • Jude McNally, RPh, ABAT, managing director, Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center

Visuals:

  • Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center personnel will have live scorpions
  • Trainers will be available to demonstrate how Anascorp(tm) is administered

Hospitals sending staff for training in the Anascorp(tm) protocol:

  • Banner Baywood Medical Center, Mesa
  • Carondelet St. Mary's, Tucson, and Carondelet Holy Cross, Nogales
  • Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Casa Grande
  • Cobre Valley Community Hospital, Globe
  • Gila Health Resources, Morenci
  • La Paz, Regional Hospital, Parker
  • Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center, Safford
  • Scottsdale Health Care, Scottsdale
  • Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, Sierra Vista
  • Southeast Arizona Medical Center, Douglas
  • Whiteriver PHS Indian Hospital, Whiteriver