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FDA Reports 5-Hour Energy Drinks Cited in 12 Deaths

The drink, made by Farmington Hills-based Living Essentials, is among beverages being targeted by federal lawmakers, The Detroit News reports.

An energy drink produced by a Farmington Hills company has been cited in 12 deaths over the past four years, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

The Detroit News reported late Wednesday that 5-Hour Energy, made by Living Essentials LLC, "has been associated with 92 adverse event reports in that time, including 32 hospitalizations", according to FDA spokesperson Shelly Burgess. The report did not include any specific information about how the drink was tied to those incidents.

According to the report, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), has cited rising emergency room visits tied to energy drinks in his efforts to impose caffeine limits on them.

Last week, Living Essentials company security called Farmington Hills Police after receiving an anonymous death threat against company owner Manoj Bhargava via e-mail. The company was able to trace the email back to an IP address in Longwood, FL. 

In March, , was named #960 on Forbes Magazine's list of the world's billionaires, thanks to the popular energy drink. 

Ed November 15, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Buyer beware. I know of several people you will down 3-5 of these per day at their jobs. Many are constantly on the run between their job and partying. Burning the midnight oil, lack of sleep, a poor diet, they smoke and drink. So what do you expect. Nature taking its course to "cull" those who violate her laws. In this case, these 5 hour energy drinks adds to their demise. Period.
Vance November 15, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I recall drinking my first energy drink when in Thailand back in the late 1980's. It was called Red Bull. Prior to purchasing this product I read the list of ingredients. Being a chemist and scientist by nature, I observe these things. After a few days in the hot and humid conditions of Bangkok and also dealing with the diesel pollution, I was feeling a little fatigued plus a dull headache. I went ahead and bought one and drank it. Boy after downing this 8 ounces or so of Red Bull, it didn't take too long for its effects to kick in. My eyes felt like they were going to pop up, my hands were shaking and my pulse increased where I felt the symptoms of a heart attack coming on. That was the first and last time I have had an energy drink. I'll stick with coffee or tea.

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