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Are '5 hours' of energy worth the chance of death?

It's a time of busy schedules for most people, New Yorkers definitely included. The hustle and bustle of daily life can lead to people's need for a pick-me-up. For many, it is a strong cup of coffee in the morning. For others it might be a Diet Coke in the afternoon.

In the past few years, another source of caffeine has gained popularity. If you have never tried 5-Hour Energy, you have likely at least seen the commercials or seen them for sale when checking out at a gas station. It turns out that those little bottles might be packed with some danger.

Last week, The New York Times reported that the Food and Drug Administration is in the process of investigating the 5-Hour Energy product due to various reports of injury and death tied to the energy shot.

It is still early in this situation to say for sure that the caffeinated product is the true cause behind any of the reported incidents, but the number of reports that the FDA has received is enough for consumers to take notice. In total, the FDA has reportedly gotten an estimated 90 reports mentioning 5-Hour Energy as a possible factor.

A spokesperson for the company behind the energy supplement is standing by the product and claims that it is safe if used as directed. "Everything in moderation" is the general defense.

If there is any chance that the drink has led to the life-threatening and sometimes fatal consequences of the consumers in the above-mentioned reports, the FDA must uncover the truth. Ads make the product look safe and appealing, to children as well as adults.

Our Manhattan law firm handles different types of cases where death results due to a third party's negligence. A company that markets and sells a dangerous product that leads to death can be held liable. Visit our wrongful death page to learn more about this legal matter.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "FDA investigating deaths, possible 5-Hour Energy link," Christopher Seward, Nov. 15, 2012

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