An Indian pharmacist died, and his boss was hospitalized after drinking a decoction of their manufacture, which they hoped could cure Covid-19, police said on Saturday May 9.
The two men worked for a company specializing in herbal medicine and tried the supposed treatment – a mixture of nitric oxide and sodium nitrate – on themselves at a house in Chennai (south-east India).
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K. Sivanesan, 47, died at the scene, according to local police chief Ashok Kumar.
Recipe based on local ingredients
He had developed his formula by carrying out research on the internet and bought the ingredients on a local market, said the police officer.
There is currently no drug or vaccine available for Covid-19, which has led to a worldwide race to find a cure for the disease that has killed at least 300,000 people.
Nearly 60,000 cases have been identified in India, where strict containment has been imposed in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus.