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Daily Mail Says Saboteur Swapped Drugs In Nurofen Plus – Offers No Proof

by | 25th, August 2011

THE Daily Mail reports that a ‘Saboteur‘ has placed “up to 500,000 powerful anti-psychotic drugs in packets of Nurofen Plus sold in the UK“.

The headline declares:

‘Saboteur’ puts up to 500,000 powerful anti-psychotic drugs in packets of Nurofen Plus sold in the UK

Only, that fact might not be a fact:

A drugs recall was under way tonight after it emerged that thousands of anti-psychotic tablets could have been deliberately placed in packets of  Nurofen Plus.

Could.

A representative for both drug companies said tonight that sabotage had not been ruled out.

But it has not been confirmed. The Belfast Telegraph calls it a “mistake“.

People are being warned to check packs of Nurofen Plus after it emerged that thousands of them could mistakenly contain anti-psychotic drugs.

As for that sabaoeur making headline..?

The mix-up is believed to have happened at a wholesaler and thousands of packs could potentially be affected, prompting the MHRA to urge extra vigilance.

Mix-up? What happened  to deliberate foul play?

Siân Boisseau, director of Virgo Health, says:

“It is not a mix-up and is still being investigated.”

The facts keep on coming. The Metro sticks to them:

Three batches of Nurofen Plus in pharmacies in south London have been found to contain another drug, Seroquel XL 50mg.

So. The Mail’s half a millions pills on the market appears a massive exaggeration.

The Guardian explains:

Batches of the packs could have ended up in pharmacies across the UK. Each batch contains between 4,000 and around 7,500 packs, amounting to about half a million tablets.

Back in the Metro:

Nurofen Plus is a pharmacy-only medicine so packs can be checked  by staff before being handed over.

Are they hard to spot?

The large capsules of Seroquel XL 50mg tablets have gold-and-black packaging, while the Nurofen Plus tablets are smaller and have silver-and-black packs

Channel 4 enlarges on what occurred:

Reckitt Benckiser, manufacturer of Nurofen Plus, issued a statement saying that MHRA have “considerable law enforcement powers” to investigate how the mistake occurred. It said: “Manufacturing errors by the makers of Nurofen Plus or Seroquel XL are not thought to be part of the cause at this stage. We are taking this matter very seriously and are working closely with the regulatory authority the MHRA and pharmacies.”

Such are the facts. No need to panic… Unless you read the Mail



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