Botched French drug trial leaves 1 brain dead, 5 in hospital

January 15, 2016 7:44 PM

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PARIS — One man is brain dead and three others are facing possible permanent brain damage after volunteering to take part in a drug test that went awry, French authorities said Friday.

The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into what French Health Minister Marisol Touraine called “an accident of exceptional gravity” at the private Biotrial clinical lab in the western city of Rennes.

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