Bromley, Kent: Man Arrested Over Nurofen-Plus Contamination

24 Sep

NEWS UPDATE:

A man has been charged with contaminating packs of Nurofen Plus which were found to contain anti-psychotic and anti-epileptic drugs.

Christopher McGuire, 30, of no fixed abode, was charged on Saturday evening with one count of contamination of goods, and two counts of administering a noxious substance, Scotland Yard said.

Reckitt Benckiser, manufacturer of the drug, recalled the product on August 26 and halted distribution after discovering five boxes contained other companies’ medicines.

It is estimated some 250,000 packets were still in customers’ hands.

Four of the affected boxes were found to contain the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel XL 50mg and one packet contained Pfizer’s anti-epileptic medication, Neurontin, in 100mg capsules.

The Met’s Specialist Crime Directorate (SCD), which tackles serious and organised crime, has been examining the entire production line of the drug as part of the inquiry.

A spokesman for the Met said unemployed McGuire had been charged with one count of contamination of goods, contrary to the Public Order Act 1986, and two of administering a noxious substance, which is contrary to the Offences Against The Person Act.

McGuire, who was arrested on Friday, is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday.

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Police arrested a man on Friday after anti-psychotic and epilepsy drugs were placed in packets of the painkiller Nurofen Plus, Scotland Yard said.

The case of suspected sabotage last month led to the makers of Nurofen Plus, Reckitt Benckiser, recalling the painkillers in Britain and halting their distribution.

Picture taken in 2005 in Paris of commonly used painkillers. Police arrested a man on Friday after anti-psychotic and epilepsy drugs were placed in packets of the painkiller Nurofen Plus, Scotland Yard said

Picture taken in 2005 in Paris of commonly used painkillers. Police arrested a man …

A spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police Service said the unnamed 30-year-old man had been arrested in Bromley in the south of the capital on “suspicion of contamination of goods”.

“The man is currently being held for questioning at a south London police station,” the spokesman told AFP.

Five contaminated packets of Nurofen Plus were found in Britain in August, prompting a national health warning and the recall by the manufacturers.

Four of the affected packs contained Seroquel XL, an anti-psychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, mania and bipolar depression, and two people accidentally took the drug but suffered no harm.

The epilepsy drug Neurontin was found in another packet but no one was thought to have taken it.

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