Another popular energy drink investigated for possible links to death

Another popular energy drink investigated for possible links to death

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed on Wednesday the receipt of reports that another caffeine drink, 5-hour Energy, may have been involved in a number of deaths – in this case 13 over the past four years.

FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess said that 5-hour Energy, sold by Living Essentials, has been mentioned in some 90 FDA filings since 2009, including more than 30 that involved serious or life-threatening events like heart attacks, convulsions, and in one case, a spontaneous abortion, the New York Times reported.

Another federal agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reported late last year that more than 13,000 emergency room visits in 2009 were associated with energy drinks alone.

This investigation comes on the heels of the recent reports of another energy drink, Monster, possibly linked to five deaths.

For more information on the possible dangers of these energy drinks, please read our article: Energy Drinks: Are our children at risk?

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