According to a recent report by the New York Times, the heavily-advertised energy drink, 5-Hour Energy, has been involved in at least 13 wrongful deaths over the last four years.
The federal Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has released a report stating that the highly caffeinated energy shot may be involved in the wrongful deaths of some 13 people since 2009. Since that year, 5-Hour Energy has been mentioned in over 90 filings made with the FDA. The filings relate to serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. The personal injuries mentioned in the filings include heart attacks, convulsions, and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion.
The FDA stressed in its report that the incident filings do not definitively place the blame for the personal injuries and wrongful deaths on the energy drink. The FDA also indicated that it will continue to investigate the possible link between highly-caffeinated energy drinks and heart attacks.
The ironically-named maker of 5-Hour Energy, Living Essentials, of Farmington Hill, Michigan, has issued a press release indicating that the drink is safe to consume as directed on the label. The company also said that it is unaware of any wrongful deaths proven to be caused by consumption of the drink.
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