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5-Hour Energy Shots Linked to 13 Deaths

The connection is still circumstantial, but the FDA is investigating


On Wednesday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration revealed that as many of 13 deaths may be related to the use of 5-hour Energy drinks since 2008.

While a spokesman for the FDA stressed that no evidence links 5-hour Energy, owned by Living Essentials, to any negative health effects, 92 adverse-event reports and 33 hospitalizations have named the beverage since 2008.

Last month the FDA announced that it was investigating reports that five people died after consuming energy drinks made by Monster Beverage (NASDAQ:MNST).

In July, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued subpoenas to three firms, Living Essentials, Monster Beverages and PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP). The investigation centers on whether marketing for the drinks deceives consumers about the health effects and ingredients in the beverages.

An adverse event report, when submitted to the FDA, is not to be interpreted as proving any health risk. It merely places a product or event on the agency’s list for investigation.

Both Living Essentials and Monster Beverage insist their products are safe when used as recommended.

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