Man arrested over drug contamination


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A man has been arrested by police investigating the contamination of the over-the-counter painkiller medication Nurofen Plus.

Specialist officers from Scotland Yard were called in last month after five boxes of the medicine were found to be contaminated with anti-psychotic and epilepsy medications.

The 30-year-old man, from Bromley in south London, was arrested yesterday but no further details have been released. Four of the contaminated boxes contained Quetiapine, a powerful psychotropic drug prescribed to people diagnosed with conditions such as schizophrenia, mania and bipolar depression.

The prescription-only medication can cause a range of side-effects including drowsiness, dizziness and dry mouth even after only one dose. All four packets were bought by people in south London. The fifth suspect packet, containing an epilepsy drug, was purchased in Northern Ireland. All Nurofen Plus has been recalled by the manufacturer.