5-Hour Energy Shots Tied to 13 Deaths

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 15, 2012 Last Updated: November 15, 2012
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The caffeinated 5-Hour Energy drinks are touted as being easy to consume, having as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, and providing alertness for several hours, but they may have a serious side effect for some consumers: death, according to new reports.

Shelly Burgess, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, told Bloomberg News that 5-Hour Energy is linked to at least 13 deaths, 32 hospitalizations, and 47 other adverse event reports.

Living Essentials, the producer of 5-Hour-Energy, told The New York Times that the products are safe and that it is “unaware of any deaths proven to be caused by the consumption of 5-Hour Energy.”

The FDA agency has launched an investigation into the reports. 

In a statement to CBS News, the FDA said that it “must carefully investigate and evaluate all possible causes before deciding whether the product actually caused the medical problem.”

The Times report said that of the reports, more than 30 were serious or life-threatening, including heart attacks, convulsions, and at least one spontaneous abortion.

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  • Just Passing By

    I sometimes do go for energy drinks when I am tired, especially on a hot day, though i strongly believe a cup of all-natural coffee is the best. Many good benefits with natural products. Energy drinks are synthesised with aspartame or heaps of sugar, which isn’t good for people with a higher uric acid level, as an example. But coffee, for some reason, brought down uric acid levels in controlled studies widely reported online. The reason given, NOT caffeine but something else in “coffee”.


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