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Trial of new drug for BP kills developer in Chennai

In a tragic incident where a drug discovery turned fatal, a senior official of the city-based Sujatha Bio-Tech died after consuming a drug purportedly for controlling blood pressure, police said on Friday.

Trial of new drug for BP kills developer in Chennai
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"Sivanesan, 47, was working with Sujatha Bio-Tech. As per the company officials and his wife, Sivanesan was said to be working on a drug to control blood pressure," M.C. Ramesh, Inspector of Police at Teynampet Station, told IANS.

Ramesh said as per the complaint, Sivanesan gave the new drug to company founder Rajkumar who took it in small quantities and fainted.

On the other hand Sivanesan took a larger dose and fainted too and later died.

Ramesh said post mortem will be done after tests for Coronavirus infection is done, which is the practice now.

Sujatha Bio Tech is known for its cough syrup in sachet Nivaran, Velvette Shampoo and Memory Plus tablet.

Citing news reports that said the new drug was for Coronavirus cure, police said it is not known how the background got changed.

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