5-Hour Energy Drink Risks
Written by Faith Anderson on November 15, 2012
Potential Risks Tied to Caffeine Drinks
Highly caffeinated energy drinks like Monster and 5-hour Energy are the fastest-growing type of soft drink in the United States, with sales growing 17% last year to approximately $9 billion. According to FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess, Living Essentials’ 5-hour Energy drink has been mentioned in close to 90 FDA filings since 2009, including more than 30 reports involving life-threatening events like convulsions, heart attacks, and in one case, a spontaneous abortion. However, Elaine Lutz, spokeswoman for Living Essentials, claims that the company’s 5-hour Energy product, which comes in a bottle that holds less than two ounces, “is not an energy drink.”
Energy Drinks Not Subject to FDA Regulation
“Living Essentials,” a statement issued by the company said, “takes reports of any potential adverse event tied to our products very seriously. We fully comply with all of our reporting requirements.” The company was apparently “unaware of any deaths proven to have been caused by the consumption of 5-hour Energy.” Although the FDA does not currently publicly disclose adverse event reports involving dietary supplements – including energy drinks – the agency recently announced its intentions to strengthen its inquiry into the deaths of five people, all of whom consumed a Monster energy drink before they died.
Contact a Product Liability Lawyer for Help
Because the makers of 5-hour Energy and Monster beverages market their products as dietary supplements made with all-natural ingredients, they are exempt from regulation by the FDA. Unfortunately, this means that records of reported problems linked to the energy drinks are sparse. If you consumed a 5-hour Energy or Monster energy drink and have since experienced an adverse reaction, or if you lost a loved one in such a situation, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can put you in contact with a qualified product liability attorney in your area. With the help of an experienced lawyer, you can protect your legal rights and pursue financial compensation for your losses.