Nurofen Ordered to Stop Selling 'Target-Specific' Painkillers

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Nurofen Ordered to Stop Selling 'Target-Specific' Painkillers

Reckitt Benckiser, UK owner of the global drug brand Nurofen has been ordered by an Australian court to stop selling different variations of the ibuprofen-based drug.

According to, Nurofen has been marketed in different ways to relieve specific types of pain when in fact, all Nurofen products contain the exact same amount of the drug's active ingredient, ibuprofen lysine.

Australia's consumer watchdog,The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has insisted that these specifically branded Nurofen products for back pain, period pain, tension headaches and migraine pain are misleading to the consumer and are no more or less effective in treating symptoms.

The UK owner has been ordered by Judge Edelman to remove the products from Australian shelves over the next three months.

As reported by, Nurofen spokeswoman Montse Pena said in a statement that the drug company did not set out to mislead consumers.

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