International Journal of
Medicine and Medical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Med. Med. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9723
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJMMS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 533

Full Length Research Paper

A community trial of Pinak® medicine in the management of snakebite cases in a rural setting of Western Maharashtra, India

R. G. Raut
  • R. G. Raut
  • Primary Health Centre Dimbhe, Maharashtra, India.
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P. S. Pawar
  • P. S. Pawar
  • Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, India.
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H. H. Chavan
  • H. H. Chavan
  • Zilla Parishad, Pune, India.
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  •  Accepted: 18 February 2013
  •  Published: 30 April 2013


Narodi is a hilly village which has a small river also. Hence, snakebite incidence is more. In 2006 and 2007, there were 17 deaths in a population of 6,000. By cleaning the village (cutting grass in and around the village), and health education, gradually snakebite incidence reduced. But we introduced ‘Pinak tablet’ with the hope of reducing deaths due to snakebite. Records of snakebite events also improved. Other factors like transport, type of snakes, toxicity of snake’s venom, time to take patients to nearby hospital, and tying ligature were same as before. The only change was that many victims received Pinak tablet earlier, usually within 15 to 20 min before transporting victim to hospital. Those who did not take Pinak were also rushed to the hospital within same time, but some deaths were noted in those patients by analyzing the two groups of patients; treated withPinak and not treated with Pinak. Two groups like ‘after’ and ‘before’ Pinak were not made because after Pinak was started, there were some patients who did not take Pinak. Hence, results obtained by are solely due to Pinak.


Key words: Narodi, Pinak tablet, snakebite, patients.