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Cost of Snake Bite? About $1.6M

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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

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.