Tuesday, 20 of November of 2018

FDA Investigation Into Deaths Linked to 5-Hour Energy

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Virginia Injury Attorney

What Happened:

According to a recent article, the Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports that the 5-Hour Energy product may be linked to some 13 deaths over the past several years.

The FDA confirmed that it has begun an investigation into the 13 deaths which all occurred within the last four years. The investigation is similar to the one involving Monster Energy Drink and the five deaths that were related to its use.

A report by the New York Times reveals that since 2009, 5-Hour Energy has been named in some 90 filings with the FDA including 30 that involved life-threatening incidents. These include incidents of heart attack, convulsions and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion.

The company has responded by issuing a statement saying that the small shot of caffeine is safe when used as directed. The company, Living Essentials, says that no more than two of the 2-ounce shots should be consumed in a day and the two shots should not be consumed close together. Each tiny shot contains as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.

Consumer Reports recently studied the levels of caffeine in a wide array of energy drinks and found that the highest amount per serving was found in 2-ounce 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength which contained 242 milligrams of caffeine. This is many times more than 35 milligrams of caffeine found in a 12-ounce can of Coke.

The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Though caffeine may not be a prescription medication, there’s no doubt that that such high levels can cause serious harm. Seemingly safe ingredients in products we use and consume every day can cause great harm given the right set of circumstances. For example, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said more than 13,000 emergency room visits in 2009 were linked to energy drinks.

If you’ve been injured by a dangerous product, you may be able to hold the company that manufactured the product accountable by filing a claim for compensation.

Helpful Info:

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive.