Deaths due to absence of an affordable antitoxin for plant poisoning

@article{Eddleston2003DeathsDT,
  title={Deaths due to absence of an affordable antitoxin for plant poisoning},
  author={Michael Eddleston and Lalith Senarathna and Fahim Mohamed and Nick A. Buckley and Edmund Juszczak and M H Rezvi Sheriff and Ariaranee Ariaratnam and Senaka Rajapakse and David A Warrell and K Rajakanthan},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={2003},
  volume={362},
  pages={1041-1044}
}
There is a severe shortage of affordable antivenoms and antitoxins in the developing world. An anti-digoxin antitoxin for oleander poisoning was introduced in Sri Lanka in July, 2001, but because of its cost, stocks ran out in July, 2002. We looked at the effect of its introduction and withdrawal on case fatality, and determined its cost-effectiveness. The antitoxin strikingly reduced the case fatality; its absence resulted in a three-fold rise in deaths. At the present price of US2650 dollars… Expand
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