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5-Hour Energy linked to deaths

1:37 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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DETROIT -- 5-Hour Energy drinks have been cited in the deaths of 13 people in the past four years, according to reports received by the Food and Drug Administration.

The energy shot, made by closely held Farmington Hills-based Living Essentials, has been associated with 92 adverse-event reports in that time, including 32 hospitalizations, Shelly Burgess, an FDA spokeswoman said Wednesday by telephone. The death reports are open cases being investigated by the FDA, she said.

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5-Hour Energy, Monster Beverage energy drinks and competing products are being targeted by lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who wants caffeine limits on the beverages after emergency room visits involving such drinks jumped tenfold from 2005 through 2009. It was revealed last month that Corona, Calif.-based Monster's drinks have been cited in the deaths of five people in the past year, according to incident reports that doctors and companies voluntarily file with the FDA.

5-Hour Energy said on its website that its energy shot contains the same amount of caffeine as 12 ounces of the leading cup of premium coffee. 5-Hour Energy is a dietary supplement that boosts energy and isn't marketed as a beverage, Living Essentials said in a statement.

The company "is unaware of any deaths proven to have been caused by the consumption of 5-Hour Energy," Living Essentials said in the statement.

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