Energy Drinks Linked to Death, Injury by FDA By Tod Aronovitz | 11/19/12 | 0 Comment

Thirteen people died after consuming the popular “5-Hour Energy” drink, according to a recent Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) report covering the time period from January 2004 to October 23 2012.

Rather than the expected energy burst, these innocent consumers experienced heart attacks, dizziness, hallucinations, and a painful range of ultimately fatal medical conditions.

Dozens of other people required hospitalization or emergency room treatment after consuming 5-Hour Energy, reports the FDA. Hyperventilation, convulsions, vomiting, and abnormal heart rates were just a few of the serious medical conditions that were treated.

Overall, the FDA report lists 92 adverse events for 5 Hour Energy alone during the period under study. An additional five deaths are linked to Monster energy drink, distributed by the private company Living Essentials, along with 25 serious but non-fatal medical conditions. Rockstar energy drink was mentioned in eight serious medical events, although no deaths were reported.

Are Energy Drinks Safe?

Caffeine is a central ingredient in 5-Hour Energy, Monster, Rockstar, and other leading energy drinks. Phenylalanine, a potentially toxic amino acid, is another ingredient that may present a health risk.

According to the Mayo Clinic, phenylalanine can pose a serious health threat to individuals with the genetic metabolic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU), or certain other health conditions. PKU patients are susceptible to mental retardation, brain damage, seizures after ingesting phenylalanine.

These products are currently marketed as dietary supplements.

The FDA cautions that “individual adverse event reports about a particular product and the total number of adverse event reports for that product … only reflect information AS REPORTED and do not represent any conclusion by FDA about whether the product actually caused the adverse events.”

Duplication of records may exist in the data compiled, warns the FDA. However, the FDA also states that “generally only a small fraction of adverse events associated with any product is reported.”

Miami area consumers who may have been injured following consumption of an energy drink may have a potential claim. Product liability is an area of the law that holds manufacturers, distributors, and retailers responsible for injuries caused by the products they make or distribute to the public. Under the law, manufacturers and suppliers of products have a duty to ensure that those products are safe for their intended uses and do not contain anything that would cause injury to a user.

Click on the link to read the full FDA report, titled “CFSAN Adverse Event Reporting System Voluntary and Mandatory Reports on 5-Hour Energy, Monster Energy, and Rockstar Energy Drink.”

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