Cuba Culture

Cuba releases cautionary article about Escozul cancer treatment from Cuba

Posted April 28, 2009 by publisher in Cuba Culture.

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Cuba appears to feel compelled to release an article that downplays the effectiveness of Escozul and to announce that it does not claim Escozul to be a medicament (An agent that promotes recovery from injury or ailment; a medicine) or cancer treatment drug.

Use of Blue Scorpion Venom Not Authorized by Cuba

BY José A. de la Osa |

Cuba has not obtained any pharmaceutical product from the venom of a blue scorpion species (Rhopalurus junceus) that could be considered a medicament, according to the national and international norms established for drugs to be used on humans. This was stated in Havana by Dr. Rafael Pérez, the director general of the Bureau of Regulation for Health Protection and the State Center for the Quality Control of Medicines (CECMED) of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health.

The scientist, a toxicology specialist and Permanent Academician with the Cuban Academy of Sciences, gave this warning due to information that has spread by different media outlets based on “empiric and popular criteria” that Escozul (name of the formula prepared with the scorpion venom) has analgesic, immuno-regulating, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties and that it is effective in the treatment of some types of malign tumors, specifically in patients in the terminal stage of the disease and for people suffering from AIDS and prostate cancer.

Also included are anecdotes of patients that refer to the “beneficial properties” and to the therapeutic success of the formulas.

Dr. Pérez indicated that, since 2004, Escozul has been in the preclinical research stage in the search for potential therapeutic properties, which include the description of the venom’s psychochemical and biological elements and pharmacological and toxicological studies, which are carried out experimentally on laboratory animals.

Until the results of this first research stage are obtained and evidence is presented to CECMED of the product’s safety -that it causes no damage- and it’s efficient pharmacological action is demonstrated, it is not possible to move on to the next stage, which is the authorization to perform clinical trials on humans.

Authorization for marketing and its use by means of the health register, according to Cuban Heath Law, constitutes a rigorous binding process backed up by committees of experts made up by specialists of high scientific level for all medicaments developed by our Pharmaceutical and Biotechnological Industry.

The wide and erroneous promotion the scorpion venom has been receiving has gone beyond our borders, and mainly in Latin America a number of formulas of “the scorpion venom” are being commercialized, even with indications that they’re produced by Cuban laboratories or health centers.

It’s important to know, underlined Dr. Pérez, that so far we have no documented evidence showing the therapeutic action attributed to the blue scorpion venom that can justify its safe and efficient use.

Therefore, both the production process and the therapeutic use of Escozul are not authorized by CECMED, a center that has been certified by the World Health Organization as a competent regulating authority for the production of medicaments and vaccines, which this week celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding.

Escozul websites

There are a number of Escozul related websites on the Internet. Below is a sampling of them. The Havana Journal does not endorse any of these websites and this list is published for information purposes only. One could assume that the quantity (and questionable quality in some cases) of these websites could be part of the reason that Cuba felt compelled to write the article above.

Havana Journal Escozul Information

For many years the Havana Journal has posted numerous articles about Escozul and numerous discussion forums about Escozul.

Member Comments

On February 25, 2011, Faith Martinsdias wrote:

I would like information about escozul, if it is for real, it’s advantages and disadvantages. Hoe to get it and the cost.


Faith Martinsdias  


On February 25, 2011, Faith Martinsdias wrote:

Thank you for your consideration and time.


Faith Martinsdias

On March 25, 2011, Gana Gerbovci wrote:

I need to order this drug as soon as possible,how to get it and cost?my father was diagnosed whith prostat-cancer.

please back to me any email whith more information,

Best Regards,

On March 28, 2011, ray bego wrote:

even me like the coment #3 i need to order this drug as soon as possible. if i m going in cuba where can i find it or where can i ask for it. is there any information or adress where can i go

On March 30, 2011, LLLL wrote:

“Until the results of this first research stage are obtained and evidence is presented to CECMED of the product’s safety -that it causes no damage- and it’s efficient pharmacological action is demonstrated, it is not possible to move on to the next stage, which is the authorization to perform clinical trials on humans.”

What part of that statement don’t you understand? Its no safe!! until they have the results of clinical trials in humans.  I’m a scientist and human, I understand that you want an alternative but Its not safe to take everything that could be beneficial to a disease without evidence.  Maybe it don’t help or can get the person worst.  Think about it!

On June 08, 2011, bruna wrote:

is true that labiofam laboratory had signed a contract with Pharma-Matrix in Albania for sale the vidatox

On June 08, 2011, bruna wrote:

please is very important for me to now about this information because my father have a tumor and we can not travel to Cuba .

On July 13, 2011, kitty2011 wrote:

please contact me aboutthe medication my mother is in need asap, please.

On October 10, 2011, rn wrote:

let me tell you all that when I first heard about escozul didnt belived on it but because of my situation I was decided to take the risk I didnt have nothing to loose, at the time I was taking heroin and methadone to help me numb my pain of this 6 inch head and neck tumor and more than 10 doctors review my case they all wanted to do a cirgury with the possibility of not being able to recover a good quality of life thanks to escozul my health has improve no
more pain no more prescribed methadone or heroin and thanks to GOD and escozul I am back on my feet and working. I do recomend to any one to give your self a chance and try it I being using escozul for a year and the only side effects that I notice is that I feel more energetic and happy to still alive cancer free. it really works