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Nurofen contamination: man charged

Christopher McGuire charged after antipyschotic and antiepileptic drugs found in five packs of painkiller

A man has been charged with contaminating packs of Nurofen Plus which were found to contain antipsychotic and antiepileptic drugs, police have said. Christopher McGuire, 30, of no fixed abode, was arrested on Friday and charged on Saturday night with one count of contamination of goods, and two counts of administering a noxious substance. Reckitt Benckiser, manufacturer of the drug, recalled the product on 26 August and halted distribution after discovering that five boxes contained other companies’ medicines. It estimated that 250,000 packets were still in customers’ hands.

Four of the affected boxes were found to contain the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel XL 50mg and one packet contained Pfizer’s anti-epileptic medication, Neurontin, in 100mg capsules.

The Met’s Specialist Crime Directorate (SCD), which tackles serious and organised crime, led the probe and has been examining the entire production line of the drug as part of the inquiry.

A spokesman for the Met said unemployed McGuire had been charged with one count of contamination of goods, contrary to the Public Order Act 1986, and two of administering a noxious substance, which is contrary to the Offences Against The Person Act. © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds