snake bite

The 80 vials of antivenin it has taken to save 11-year-old Ben Smith from an eastern diamondback rattlesnake bite will produce one heck of a big bill, the Ocala Star-Banner Reports.


UF Health Shands Hospital can buy the only FDA-approved antivenin, CroFab, for about $2,200 a vial. But the hospital charges patients close to 10 times that for each vial. It’s unclear whether the family has insurance. 

Erica Brough / Gainesville Sun

A diamondback rattlesnake bite required a record amount of antivenin for an 11-year-old Newberry boy  who was taken to UF Health Shands, according to the Gainesville Sun. As a Level One trauma center, Shands had the antivenin in sufficient quality to save the boy’s life.