Public warned to be extra vigilant when purchasing and using Nurofen Plus

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is advising people to be extra vigilant if taking Nurofen Plus pain relief tablets following reports that the anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel XL 50mg, has been found within some Nurofen Plus packets.


Nurofen Plus tablets are a pharmacy only product.

Three defective packs have been found in pharmacies across the UK.

The batch numbers and details which can be found on the affected Nurofen Plus packets are:

Pack Size  Batch Number Expiry Date  Product Licence No
32 Tablets 13JJ 03/2014 00327 / 0082
32 Tablets 57JJ 05/2014 00063 / 0376
32 Tablets  49JJ 05/2014 00063 / 0376 

The large capsule-shaped Seroquel XL 50 mg tablets can be identified by their gold and black packaging.

The smaller Nurofen Plus tablets can be identified by their silver and black packaging. Ian Holloway from the MHRAs Defective Medicines Report Centre (DMRC) said, People should check to see if they have any affected packets of Nurofen Plus. If you do, return them to the pharmacy where you bought them from. You can also report this to the MHRAs DMRC on 020 3080 6574.

If you have taken a tablet and you have any questions, speak to your GP.

The MHRA has today issued a Class 4 Drug Alert (Caution in Use) to pharmacies. A copy of this drug alert can be found here.

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