Could 5-Hour Energy be the cause of several deaths in the last year?
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The United States Food and Drug Administration has reported claims that 5-Hour Energy may have caused "13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations" over the past 4 years. The federal government and the New York Attorney General's Office are also investigating the claims. 5-Hour Energy comes in a 2oz. bottle and packs enough caffeine as 2 cups of coffee. How's that for a quick pick me up? 5-Hour is not the first energy drink to be investigated. Manufacturers of the tiny beverage argue that the reports are simply claims that have not been proven.
The highly caffeinated beverages are the fastest-growing type of soft drink in the United States, with sales increasing 17 percent last year to about $9 billion, according to Beverage Digest. 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."