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.