Snake Venom To Treat Stroke Victims - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/24/06

Snake Venom To Treat Stroke Victims

Deadly snake venom may be a life saver for stroke victims.

Clinical trials are underway testing the venom of a Malayan Pit Viper. Researchers say the venom extract is in a new drug called Viprinex and is proving to be a highly effective clot buster. Another big benefit is the venom can be administered up to six hours after a stroke compared to current drugs that only offer a 3 hour window after the start of stroke symptoms.

Drug makers hope to have Viprinex on the market by 2008.

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