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.
- 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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