FDA approves UA developed scorpion antivenomPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- University of Arizona researchers have taken the sting out of scorpions. The FDA approved a scorpion anti venom Wednesday.
"The movement of the body is so violent, parents who watch this are under unbelievable stress," said University of Arizona VIPER Director Dr. Leslie Boyer.
Dawn Bray had to watch it twice. In 2002 her son Dally Michael was stung by a scorpion and did not survive.
His death fueled the move to develop the antivenom.
"the loss of their son's life has incredible meaning for all children in Arizona," said Dr. Boyer.
Years later, a scorpion stung again.
"He got stung on the same finger, the same spot that Dally Michael did," said Bray
The second time it was Dawn's son Morgan.
"Morgan says mommy hurry up, I don't want to die,"
Morgan lived and Wednesday his family traveled to Tucson to celebrate federal approval of the new drug, the antivenom that saved his life.
The same stuff will now help save thousands of other children stung by scorpions.
"We're proud to announce 98% of those children who take the drug lose symptoms in 4 hours," said Dr. Boyer during the presentation.
Before this new drug, children endured a lot after a sting.
"Helicopter transport, heavy sedation, possible intubation and several days of recovery at home," explained Assistant Director of Research Joannie Mallie, RN.
But now they can receive the antivenom and probably go home the same day.
Dawn says it's a testament to the life of her son Dally. A life cut short, so that others would live.
Researchers have been fielding calls from countries like Morocco.
They plan on working on an antivenom that would help children stung by scorpions found in North Africa.