Man charged over Nurofen drug poisoning case


A man has been charged with contaminating packs of Nurofen Plus which were found to contain anti-psychotic and anti-epileptic drugs, police said.

Christopher McGuire, 30, of no fixed abode, was arrested on Friday and has been charged with one count of contamination of goods, and two counts of administering a noxious substance, the Metropolitan Police said.

He will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday.

Reckitt Benckiser, manufacturer of the drug, recalled the product on August 26 and halted distribution after discovering five boxes contained other companies’ medicines.

It estimated some 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, which tackles serious and organised crime, is leading 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.

Source: Press Association