Coral Snake antivenom shortage has many concerned

A serious bite from a coral snake can give you cardiac arrest, and soon you may not be able to get much help if you’re bitten.

The FDA is anticipating a shortage of coral snake anti-venom.

It is one of the deadliest snakes in our area.

“it’s a serious venom. More serious than a rattle snake,” Robert Jackson says.

Jackson is the reptile supervisor at Snake Farm. He says an untreated bite from a coral snake can kill you within
an hour. Soon doctors won’t have the antivenin for it either.

Pfizer makes the only FDA-approved coral snake anti-venom and they are running out.
The company shutdown it’s plant in 2003. Now the FDA says the last vials will expire in just five months
from now, in October.

“It’s a concern if you’re working with snakes. The most dangerous one is the one right in front of you,” Jackson says.

Read full story HERE.


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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