The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a safety alert on packets of Neurofen Plus (taken for pain relief) after some batches were found to contain Seroquel XL 50mg (a prescription only anti-psychotic).
The affected packs of Nurofen Plus all contain 32 tablets and carry the following details: Batch Number Expiry Date Product Licence No: 13JJ 03/2014 00327 / 0082 (first distributed 30th April 2011) or 57JJ 05/2014 00063 / 0376 (first distributed 21st June 2011) or 49JJ 05/2014 00063 / 0376 (first distributed 1st July 2011).
People who take Seroquel may experience drowsiness and are advised not to drive or operate any tools or machinery until they know how the tablets have affected them.
Reckitt Benckiser, manufacturer of Nurofen Plus, said there have been three cases identified so far which have all been confined to south London.
It said “serious investigations” are under way to establish how the mix-up occurred, especially as Seroquel XL is manufactured by another drug firm, AstraZeneca.
If you do have a 32-pack of Neurofen Plus bought recently, please check the expiry date and batch number.
It makes you wonder what checks and balances are in place regarding medication.