This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that 13 deaths have linked to 5-Hour ENERGY drinks. CNN reports that the federal agency has also received reports of the energy drink being linked to 33 hospitalizations and 92 patient reports. Consumers have reported experiencing adverse side effects from the drink including heart attacks, convulsions and a spontaneous abortion.
Any consumer can report an adverse event, but that does not automatically mean that a product was responsible for a death or an injury or contributed in any way to it. By law, the FDA has to investigate the reports.
5-Hour ENERGY is considered to be a dietary supplement, which means that they are not required to disclose the amount of caffeine that is in the 2-ounce product. The label on the energy shot says that drink contains 1,870 milligrams of an “Energy Blend,” which includes caffeine, taurine and other ingredients.
The distributor of 5-Hour Energy, Living Essentials, says that their product is safe when it is used as directed.
Last month, the FDA announced that it would investigate Monster energy drinks after the product was cited in 5 deaths.
If you or a loved one has experienced a heart attack or another side effect from an energy drink, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the product liability attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm to explore your legal options.
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