5-Hour Energy cited in 13 reports of deaths filed with the FDA

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of 13 deaths that mentioned the caffeinated drink 5-Hour Energy as a possible contributing factor, according to the New York Times.

Over the past three years, the energy shot has popped up in 90 filings with the FDA, at least 30 of which were considered serious or even life-threatening.  The people in those cases suffered heart attacks, convulsions and even a miscarriage.

This is the second energy drink company to fall under investigation by the FDA in late October, as Monster Energy was also cited in five fatality filings.

The energy shot has popped up in 90 filings with the FDA, at least 30 of which were considered serious or even life-threatening. The people in those cases suffered heart attacks, convulsions and even a miscarriage.

According to Living Essentials, 5-Hour Energy’s distributor, they were “unaware of any deaths proven to be caused by the consumption of 5-Hour Energy.” They added in the press release that “submitting a serious adverse even report to the FDA, according to the agency itself, is not construed by FDA as an admission that the dietary supplement was involved, caused or contributed to the adverse even being reported.”

While the 5-Hour Energy website says that one of the two ounce bottles contains “about as much caffeine as a cup of premium coffee,” the company doesn’t give any numeric levels.  ConsumerReports.org.com puts the caffeine level at 207 mg, as compared to an 8-ounce cup of Starbucks coffee that has 180 milligrams.