FDA probing if deaths were linked to energy shots

FDA probing if deaths were linked to energy shots

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: The drink 5-Hour Energy is displayed at a grocery store on November 15, 2012 in New York City. The federal government and the New York Attorney General's office have announced that they are investigating the popular energy drink after the Food and Drug Administration received claims that 5-Hour Energy has over the past four years led to 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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by MARY CLARE JALONICK

Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 2:57 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of 13 deaths of people who took so-called “energy shots” marketed as 5-Hour Energy.

The agency says it has received 92 reports about the product, including 33 hospitalizations and 13 deaths. In a statement, FDA officials say they will take action if they can link the deaths to consumption of the energy drink. Such action could include forcing the company to take the drinks, often found at convenience store checkout counters, off the market.

The FDA cautions consumers that products labeled “energy shots” and “energy drinks” are not alternatives to sleep and that anyone thinking about taking them should consult with a health care provider.

The New York Times first reported that 13 deaths were linked to 5-Hour Energy.

 

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