West Nile Virus Treatment: Plasma Product Licensed

Since December 2001, the donors have been vaccinated multiple times with the WNV vaccine. The company had to prove purity, safety, and reasonable expectation of efficacy to have the plasma conditionally licensed for treating WNV.
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On Oct. 23, Lake Immunogenics became the first company to receive a USDA conditional license for West Nile virus (WNV) Antibody, Equine Origin, as a plasma product. The product already was a USDA-licensed plasma product under the name HiGamm-Equi, and was used off-label to treat WNV infection before it was licensed for this use.



West Nile Virus Antibody, Equine Origin, the first conditionally licensed plasma product for treating West Nile virus

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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