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Nurofen Plus recalled in Ireland after 'sabotage' of packs in the UK

The painkillers have been recalled from Irish wholesalers as a precautionary measure after rogue drugs were found in packs in the UK.

A packet of Nurofen Plus is held in London
A packet of Nurofen Plus is held in London
Image: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

THE IRISH MEDICINES Board has issued a precautionary recall of packets of Nurofen Plus from wholesalers in Ireland.

It comes in the wake of the discovery of anti-psychotic drugs in packets of the painkillers in the UK, which is now thought to be an act of sabotage. BBC reports that all stock in the UK has been recalled and that police are now involved in the investigation.

The IMB has said that, so far, five packets of Nurofen Plus tablets have been found to contain rogue blister packets of the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel XL or the anti-epilepsy drug Neurotonin in the UK.

The rogue drugs have been found in the 32 tablet pack size, which is not available for sale on the Irish market, but the IMB has said that all packs have been recalled from Irish wholesalers as a precautionary measure. The packs will all be checked, while pharmacies have all been asked to check their stocks of Nurofen Plus.

The recall has been supported by Reckitt Benckiser, which is the owner of Nurofen Plus, and distribution of the product has been halted in the UK and Ireland for the time being.

The IMB said that there are no serious health consequences as a result of the suspected sabotage.

Read more: Investigation underway after Nurofen tablet mix-up

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