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MHRA safety alert warns Nurofen Plus may contain antipsychotics


Thousands of packs of an over-the-counter painkiller could contain a potentially harmful anti-psychotic drug, a watchdog has warned.

People are being warned to check Nurofen Plus packets after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a safety alert following reports that some batches of Nurofen Plus contain individual blister packs of another drug, Seroquel XL 50mg.

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

Nurofen Plus is for pain relief and contains codeine.

The makers of the drug today said it was too early to rule out sabotage.

Angie Wiles, joint chief executive of Virgo Health, which represents Nurofen Plus, said: “We are not ruling it out but we are considering other options as well. I think that is pretty unlikely.”

People who accidentally take Seroquel 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 mix-up is believed to have happened at a wholesaler’s and thousands of packs could potentially be affected, prompting the MHRA to urge extra vigilance.

The packs have been found in pharmacies across the UK.


Readers' comments (3)

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

    they might have inadvertently taken the mediciation with serious consequences in which case how would they know how the tablets had affected them until it might be too late and they might already be driving or operating machinery.

    what a stupid and inadmissible error to put the wrong medication into the wrong packets. surely all this is tightly controlled. inspires even less confidence in the pharma industry than there is already.

    hopefully someone responsible enough in laidback britain is doing something about it before someone is seriously affected!!!!!!!!!
    but then of course in britain life is so very cheap it wouldn't really be anybody else's concern. individuals who come to grief are merely replacable by others.

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  • From now and onwards the Pharma Industry should make sure they Employ people with good knowlegde of medical industry than employing people who can not even read or agency staff and Cheap labour of Polish workers...of course we understand the inflation has to blame,but when it comes to medicine we want peole with knowlegde in this industry to avoid such incidents in future.Cheap labour will cause such incident so this has to be considered in future.

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  • This is a hideous mistake, however considering the millions of products that are sold and the fact that we havent encountered it before you have to conclude that it isnt symptomatic of the industry.

    Furthermore the company are recalling the product and the MHRA have issued recall alerts and are conducting an investigation. What more could be done in the circumstance?

    I am no fan of big-pharma, their advertising techniques, their political lobbying and many other practices but I think we have to be reasonable in this particular circumstance.

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