Recently read a new article (the sixth one in the references below) on “maggot therapy” and couldn’t resist updating the one I first did in October 2007.
From the sixth reference article regarding use of maggots in the United States:
Maggots are available only by prescription.
The Food and Drug Administration regulates the use of medical maggots, as not all species are therapeutic or safe.Approved use currently exists for the debridement of non-healing necrotic skin and soft tissue wounds that include pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, neuropathic foot ulcers, and non-healing traumatic or postsurgical wounds.In the United States, the supplier of Medical Maggots is Monarch Labs in Irvine, California. A vial of 250 to 500 larvae costs approximately $88 plus shipping and handling. The number of vials needed will be determined by the wound size and duration of therapy. Many wounds require only 1 to 2 applications over a 3- to 7-day period.
My Old Blog Posts
Maggot Therapy, October 31, 2007
Maggot Therapy Revisited, August 11, 2008