• (African) Snake bite crisis: Sanofi Pasteur to stop producing anti-veno

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    LYON, France, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- French pharmaceutical company
    Sanofi Pasteur says it's no longer profitable to make one of the
    most vital anti-venom for snakebites in Africa.

    Fav-Afrique counters the toxins of some of the world's most
    deadly venomous snakes. Critics of the move say its removal from
    the market -- Sanofi Pasteur expects its current supply to be
    depleted by June of next year -- will put thousands of victims
    in Sub-Saharan Africa at risk.

    "Fav-Afrique is no longer being manufactured so vulnerable
    farmers will lose their lives or limbs," Abdulrazaq Habib, a
    professor of infectious and tropical diseases at Nigeria's
    Bayero University, told The Independent.

    Sanofi Pasteur says cheap drugs from Brazil, India and Mexico
    have forced it out of the anti-venom market. The technology used
    to make Fav-Afrique will be adapted for the production of rabies

    Following the announcement by Sanofi Pasteur, healthcare
    advocates called for swift action by the World Health
    Organization and governments in a position to make a difference.

    "In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 30,000 people die from snakebite
    every year and an estimated 8,000 undergo amputations," Doctors
    Without Borders (MSF) wrote in a press release. "The number of
    victims is likely to rise as existing stockpiles of one of the
    most effective antivenoms for sub-Saharan Africa are due to
    expire in June 2016."

    Venomous snakebites are common, especially in Africa, but are
    relatively ignored by world health bodies.

    "We are now facing a real crisis so why do governments,
    pharmaceutical companies and global health bodies slither away
    when we need them most?" said Dr. Gabriel Alcoba, a medical
    advisor with MSF's snakebite program. "Imagine how frightening
    it must be to be bitten by a snake -- to feel the pain and venom
    spread through your body -- knowing it may kill you and there is
    no treatment available or that you can't afford to pay for it?"

    http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2015/09/07/Snake-bite-crisis- Sanofi-Pasteur-to-stop-producing-anti-venom/4711441655970/

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