August 26th, 2011
07:20 AM ET

British health authorities issue warning after drugs mix-up

British health authorities on Friday urged vigilance after packages of an over-the-counter painkiller were found to contain antipsychotic drugs.

The antipsychotic Seroquel XL was inside packets of the painkiller Nurofen Plus, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency warned.

Three defective packets have been found so far, all in pharmacies in south London, but more than 16,000 more could potentially be affected, the agency said.

Nurofen Plus, made by Reckitt Benckiser, can be bought without a prescription and has silver and black packaging. It is used for short-term relief of acute pain and contains codeine.

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  1. RUFFNUTT (PARACHUTE QUALITY CONTROL TESTER)

    WHOOPS... my bad... i fell asleep at the pill plant

    August 26, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andreas Moser

    No wonder I fell so strange. I had taken pleny of these pills against my toothache recently.

    August 26, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Okay...
    Is it the manufacturer or is it tampering?

    August 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mad Hatter

    Thinking the same thing Banasy.

    August 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jane gitonga

    I believe the process of packaging & quality control is asleep in that production site

    August 27, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |