Clinical trial in France sends 6 to hospital in "grave accident"

France's health ministry said Friday that six people have been hospitalized and one is in a coma, after a Phase-1 clinical trial of an oral drug went awry.

An unnamed European laboratory was testing the oral medication on healthy volunteers when they fell ill, the ministry said, prompting the drug-testing company to suspend the trial.

Calling it a "grave accident," the ministry said that France's health chief Marisol Touraine would travel to Rennes, the north-western city where the trial was taking place, on Friday afternoon.

The ministry did not say what the drug was being tested for.

Last update: Fri, 15/01/2016 - 12:58

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