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Cannabis based drug trial leaves 1 brain dead and 5 seriously ill

Cannabis based drug trial leaves 1 brain dead and 5 seriously ill

By Simon Tomlinson for Daily Mail

An experimental drug that has left one person brain dead and five others seriously ill in France was given to 90 people – and there is no antidote, it emerged today.

Prosecutors have opened an investigation into what Health Minister Marisol Touraine called 'an accident of exceptional gravity... without precedence' in France at the Biotrial lab in Rennes.

The drug trial, which was testing a new painkiller, involved 90 volunteers who were given the drug in varying doses, she told reporters today at a news conference in Rennes.

Biotrial had been carrying out the drugs trial for Portuguese pharmaceutical company Bial.

All six hospitalised men were betwen 28 and 49 and were healthy when the trial began on January 7, she said, adding that one man now classified as brain dead was admitted to hospital on Sunday. 

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