So far, 5-Hour Energy maker Living Essentials LLC has received 92 reports from people who fell ill after using the product. Since the product is sold as a nutritional supplement, the company is required to relay such reports to the FDA.
The reports themselves do not prove that 5-Hour Energy had anything to do with any of the deaths or illnesses.
“It is important to note that, while those who voluntarily report an illness or injury … typically identify the product that they assume caused the injury or illness, FDA as a scientific public health agency must carefully investigate and evaluate all possible causes before deciding whether the product actually caused the medical problem,” the FDA said in a statement.
5-Hour Energy shots are small caffeinated drinks. The product does not contain any herbal stimulants.
Energy Product Investigations
Recently, the FDA revealed that it is investigating five deaths linked to Monster Energy, another “energy” product. This came on the heels of a government report of a10-fold increase in people who need emergency medical care after guzzling energy products.
Even if 5-Hour Energy shots did cause the injuries, it would be taken off the market only if the injuries resulted from proper use of the product as stated on its label.