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Chennai: Manager at herbal products firm tests corona ‘drug’ on himself, dies

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A production manager at a herbal products firm has died in Chennai after testing medication that he and his boss developed for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. There are no approved treatments or vaccines yet for the pathogen. K Sivanesan, a production manager and pharmacist at the firm, died at a Chennai hospital.HIGHLIGHTSMananger, his boss test ‘drug’…

A production manager at a herbal products firm has died in Chennai after testing medication that he and his boss developed for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. There are no approved treatments or vaccines yet for the pathogen.

K Sivanesan, a production manager and pharmacist at the firm, died at a Chennai hospital.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mananger, his boss test ‘drug’ on themselves
  • Both lose consciousness, rushed to hospital
  • Manager dies, second man stable; probe underway

An employee of a Tamil Nadu herbal products firm has died in Chennai after consuming a medicine he and his boss developed to treat coronavirus infections.

K Sivanesan, 47, a pharmacist and production manager at the company, and Rajkumar, 67, tested the drug on themselves.

Both fainted. They were rushed to a nearby hospital.

Sivanesan, who is from the capital’s Perungudi neighbourhood, consumed a larger quantity of the drug and died at a hospital in the state capital.

Rajkumar only took a few drops; he is now stable and is undergoing treatment.

A police investigation is ongoing.

There are currently no approved treatments or vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, although there is now interest in Gilead Sciences Inc’s remdesivir, which has received emergency use authorisation in the U.S.

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