For at least 60 years we’ve had evidence that venom extractors don’t work and may in some cases do greater harm to a snakebite victim, yet they remain commercially available, and consumers continue to purchase them.
BTG Specialty Pharmaceuticals is urging the public to stop using venom extractors when bitten by a snake and encouraging retailers to critically examine the claims these products make, as they are not supported by any of the available medical evidence.
BTG Specialty Pharmaceuticals examined nearly three dozen clinical research studies, editorials, guidelines and literature reviews on venom extractors and interviewed 15 practitioners who are experts in the treatment of snakebites.
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These are the Facts
There is no arguing with the science
Venom extractors do not help a snakebite victim, and in some cases have caused greater damage to the victim.
Claims of effectiveness are misinformation
Carrying a venom extractor kit in snake country provides a false sense of security. If bitten by a snake, a venom extractor is no more helpful than a lucky charm.
When Treating Envenomation: Time is Tissue
The best response to a snakebite is to get to a hospital as quickly and safely as possible. Anything that delays accessing qualified medical care risks unnecessary injury.