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Energy Drink Lawsuits from Wrongful Death to Wrongful Advertising: Next Up FRS?

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Nashville, TNAlcoholic Energy Drinks have made headlines lately: a few months ago the FDA ordered seven manufacturers to either change their recipe or remove their products from the marketplace, and a number of lawsuits followed, including a wrongful death suit. But healthy energy drinks—such as FRS healthy energy and 5-hour ENERGY—have also been the subject of lawsuits, including wrongful death.

In June 2009, a 27-year-old man suffered a heart attack while playing basketball. Antonio Hassell spent several months in the hospital before he died in March 2010. His family filed a wrongful-death suit in federal court, claiming he died because he consumed 5-hour energy drinks to help stay alert for his night-shift warehouse job. The lawsuit says that Hassell's physicians blamed the energy drink for his heart attack, which eventually led to acute respiratory failure and pneumonia—and death.

Energy Drinks—More Harm than Good?

The 5-hour energy drink maker, Living Essentials and Bio Clinical Development Inc., isn't alone in its deceptive advertising and marketing tactics, nor is it the only company that has been slapped with a lawsuit over its deceptive health claims.

The recent wrongful death lawsuit says that Living Essentials refuses to disclose the exact ingredients in their product, saying only that it contains "about as much caffeine as in a cup of coffee." The suit argues that the defendants should have disclosed medical information about the drink, including side effects and the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Meanwhile, new research suggests that another product, FRS energy drink, may be linked to cancer.
Energy Drink Deceptive Health Claims

The Washington-based Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a class class-action lawsuit against Coca-Cola, accusing the biggest beverage maker in the world of deceptive advertising over its VitaminWater. The group said the product is basically sugar water, yet Coca-Cola claims it has vitamins that boost immunity and reduce the risk of disease.

VitaminWater uses words such as defense, rescue, energy and endurance in its marketing. But according to the bottle labels, the drinks' top three ingredients are water, cane sugar and crystalline fructose. The 20-ounce bottle has roughly 33 grams of sugar, compared with about 39 grams in a typical 12-ounce soft drink.

FRS Healthy Energy makes similar claims, saying that its products, which contain quercetin, boost energy, enhance fitness and support immunity, but so far there is no valid scientific evidence to defend such claims.
In 2007, the non-profit group Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a lawsuit against Coke and Nestlé over claims that their artificially sweetened green-tea drink Enviga would help you lose weight.

How many lawsuits will it take before the FDA cracks down on companies that continually dupe the public—from weight loss claims to immunity support? How many more wrongful death lawsuits need to be filed before these "energy drinks" will be required to contain medical information on the labels, including side effects and the risk of heart attacks and strokes? Perhaps in the near future, energy drinks will come with black box warnings…


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Your last sentence gave me cause to respond to this article. Being a former smoker, a 27 year lung cancer survivor and an advocate for everyone being tobacco free, I have to say that each and every pack of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco deserves a "black box" warning paper, mandated by the FDA, to be included by the manufacturer with a description of the illnesses and possible death that can occur with the use of their tobacco product.

However, past experience and common sense tells me that the lobby money from the beverage and tobacco companies will not allow their products to be labled "dangerous to the public".

Nicotine, an ingredient in tobacco and in some tobacco cessation products (patches, gum, and electronic cigarettes), is not only highly addictive but it is also a poison.

Enjoyed the article though and appreciated the information.


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