A clinical trial of a new drug in France has left one person brain-dead and another five people in hospital, in a serious condition.

The drug was administered to some 90 people, France’s Health Minister said, according to a report by BBC News.

The oral trial, which has now been suspended, was conducted by a private laboratory in the city of Rennes.

Reports that the drug is a cannabis-based painkiller have been denied by the health ministry.

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

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