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Chennai Pharma Employee Dies After Drinking Chemical Made To Treat COVID-19

Chennai: Pharma firm owner and employee try ‘new medicine’ for COVID-19; one dies other in hopitalised.


Countries across the world are racing against time to find a cure for the new COVID-19 threat. A Chennai based pharma company founder too decided to do the same. He and his long-term employee were involved in a medical experiment that went horribly wrong. The employee died and the owner landed in a hospital after drinking the chemical made to treat COVID-19.

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Dr Rajkumar, founder of Sujatha Biotech known for manufacturing cough syrup ‘Nivaran 90’, Memory Plus and Velvette shampoo. His manager of 27 years of Sivanesan was conducting a medical experiment on themselves when the incident took place.

As reported by a source to Quint, “Their products that are in the market were mostly developed together by these two men. Similarly, they wanted to invent a cure for COVID-19 and they assumed that one way to do that would be to somehow increase the count of blood cells in the body. They both, hence, ingested sodium nitrate tablets while conducting an ‘experiment’ in a lab at Rajkumar’s house in GN Chetty Road.”

The source further added, However, they both fainted in the lab immediately. Rajkumar’s family members rescued the duo and admitted them to a private hospital in T Nagar. Sivanesan died of complications in the wee hours of Friday, 8 May. The owner’s condition is stable now.

No arrests have been made yet and the probe is still going on. Police have also seized the chemicals and medicines from the lab and sent them for forensic and medical analysis.

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