Randomized, Double-Blinded Controlled Trial Of 2 Antivenoms In The Treatment Of Envenoming By Taipan Snakes

Grant number: 1033977 | Funding period: 2012 - 2015

Completed

Abstract

Snakebite is very common in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and many bites are caused by the Papuan taipan, a highly venomous snake found in the southern PNG savannah's. Current antivenom is expensive (US$1500) and many patients do not receive optimal treatment. We will conduct a randomised controlled trial of a new, low cost taipan antivenom developed specifically for PNG. The safety and efficacy of the new antivenom is compared to the existing product to determine if it is a suitable alternative.