PUBLIC ALERT: London: Sabotage Fears Causes Recall Of Nurofen-Plus Tablets: UPDATED

27 Aug

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The makers of Nurofen Plus have recalled all of the tablets and confirmed sabotage is suspected after other medicines were found in some packets.

Five reported cases of other manufacturers’ medicines have been discovered in boxes
of the painkiller.

A spokesman for manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser (UK) Ltd said: “Sabotage is suspected and we are working with the police on a formal investigation to find the person or persons responsible.

“Distribution of Nurofen Plus has been halted at this time.”

On Thursday a safety alert was issued after an anti-psychotic drug made by AstraZeneca called Seroquel XL 50mg was found in three packets of the painkiller.

They were bought in Victoria, Bromley and Beckenham, south London.

Two more packets were found on Friday – one contained Seroquel XL tablets and the other contained the Pfizer product, Neurontin 100mg capsules.

Neurontin is an anti-epileptic drug.

Seroquel XL is a prescription-only drug used to treat several disorders including schizophrenia, mania and bipolar depression.

People who accidentally take it may experience sleepiness and are advised not to drive or operate any tools or machinery until they know how the tablets have affected them.

The Reckitt Benckiser spokesman added: “The safety of our consumers is paramount.

“Even though there have been no serious health consequences to any consumer, we will not take any risk regarding the quality or safety of our products.

“This decision has been taken in full consultation with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as a precautionary measure.”

Ian Holloway, of the MHRA’s Defective Medicines Report Centre (DMRC), said: “People should check to see if they have any packets of Nurofen Plus.

“If you do, return them to your nearest pharmacy.”


The IMB has said that as a precautionary measure it is recalling packs of the painkiller Nurofen Plus for checking.

Pharmacists have been requested to check all packs

Pharmacists have been requested to check all packs

The Irish Medicines Board has initiated a recall of all packs of Nurofen Plus from Irish wholesalers.

In Britain, Hundreds of thousands of packets of the popular painkiller have been recalled amid sabotage fears,

Reckitt Benckiser, the drug’s manufacturer, recalled the product last night and halted distribution after discovering five boxes contained other companies’ medicines including an anti-psychotic drug.

The company has confirmed its believed the drugs had been sabotaged and called in the Metropolitan Police.

Four boxes were found to contain the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel XL 50mg. And one packet contained Pfizer’s Neurontin – an anti-epileptic drug – in 100mg capsules.

In a statement, the IMB said it had been closely monitoring the discovery, on the UK market, of packs of Nurofen Plus Tablets containing rogue blister strips of either Seroquel XL 50mg Tablets or Neurontin 100mg Capsules.

The affected packs are not available in Ireland and there is no evidence that packs of Nurofen Plus in Ireland are affected.

Patients who may have recently purchased this product are advised to check their packs of Nurofen Plus to make sure that they contain Nurofen Plus blister strips and a Nurofen Plus Patient Information Leaflet.

Any patients who have any concerns or in the unlikely event that they find a rogue blister strip or leaflet, should contact their pharmacist.

Distribution of Nurofen Plus has been halted in the UK and in Ireland at this time.

Pharmacists have been requested to check all packs of Nurofen Plus that are available in pharmacies for the presence of rogue blister strips or patient information leaflets and to immediately report any found to the IMB.


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