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10th August 2018, 13:39

Government alerts police & customs to illegal sale of Nolotil, following GBC investigation

The Government has alerted the Royal Gibraltar Police and HM Customs to the fact that an unlicensed and potentially dangerous Spanish painkiller has been on sale in certain local pharmacies.

It follows a GBC investigation into the drug “Nolotil” this week.

A Sunday Times investigation found Nolotil has been linked to blood poisoning, amputation and even death.

Earlier this week, the GBC newsroom established Nolotil has been available over the counter in Gibraltar. This despite the fact the painkiller is not included on the UK National Formulary, the British pharmaceutical reference book. The Government had told us the drug was not available locally, but a GBC investigation established it was.

Our Newsroom bought a box of 20 of the painkillers for just £2.50. Of the nine pharmacies we contacted, six had the drug in stock or were willing to order it in.

The Government has now alerted the police and customs. In addition, a spokersperson said it would be possible for the Business Licensing Authority, in consultation with the Medical Registration Board, to remove premises registered as a pharmacy from the register of pharmacies.