One person brain-dead, 5 hospitalised after French drug trial mishap
January 15 2016 02:23 PM
French drug trial mishap
The hospital center (CHU) of Pontchaillou in Rennes. A "serious accident" during a French trial of a cannabis-based painkiller has left one person brain-dead and five hospitalised in Rennes.

AFP/Paris

A "serious accident" during a trial in France of a cannabis-based painkiller has left one person brain-dead and five hospitalised, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Friday.

She said the six had been taking part in a "trial of an oral medication being developed by a European laboratory" in Rennes, northwest France.

"A serious accident took place," the minister said, adding the study had been halted and all volunteers taking part recalled.

The Paris prosecutor's office said an investigation had been opened.

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