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

Medical personnel from rural and other Arizona hospitals will receive training.

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