Specialists of the Pharmaceutical Biological Laboratory (LABIOFAM) in Ciego de Avila extract venom from the Rhopalurus junceus scorpion for making the medicine.
Between 900 and 1,000 milliliters of the toxin are obtained mothly in the plant, located in the city of Moron , and sent to LABIOFAM in Havana for processing.
Madelin Hilacha, quality control technician at the center, told Prensa Latina that they can obtain 5 drops from each specimen, depending on the concentration of protein and the scorpionâï¿½Ös strength.
The scorpions are captured from rocky, damp areas, especially in the cays north of Ciego de Avila, and in the municipality of Florencia , areas rich in these animals.
The captured scorpions are classified and kept in containers with the necessary water and food for about two years, and then they are returned to their natural habita, to preserve the species, Hilacha explained.
The anticancer effect of their venom was discovered 20 years ago in Guantanamo , prompting more detailed research.
The toxoid obtained from the scorpion venom has benefited thousands of Cuban and foreign patients from Europe and Latin America , in the treatment of lung, breast, uterus, colon, prostate and pancreas cancer.
It has also been shown to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.