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FDA: Monster Drink Cited in at least Five Deaths

October 23, 2012- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released incident reports that said at least five people might have died over the last 36 months after drinking the popular energy drink Monster Energy that is laced with caffeine.

The reports, like other filings in cases that involve medical devices or drugs, does not prove any links between the deaths and Monster Energy or possible health problems. The mother of a girl in Maryland, who was 14 years old when she died last December, obtained the records. The Maryland girl died due to a heart arrhythmia after she drank Monster drink in large cans for two consecutive days.

The teenager’s mother, Wendy Crossland, filled a lawsuit last week against the company Monster Beverage, which is based in Corona, California. The lawsuit alleges that Monster did not warn about risks its energy drinks have. A company spokesperson last week said that company products were safe and did not cause the death of the teenager.

That same spokesperson, Judy Lin Sfetcu said that Monster did not know of any fatalities that had been caused by the Monster beverages. On Monday, the stock was down over 14% following the report in the New York Times about the filings at the FDA.

Shelly Burgess, a spokesperson at the FDA said the regulatory agency had been given reports about five deaths that are possibly tied to the energy drink and a report of a heart attack that was nonfatal.

Other incident reports contained information referring to different adverse effects like vomiting, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rates and tremors. The reports that were disclosed took place between 2004 and June of 2012. All five deaths took place in 2009 or later.

In the reports, there was nothing clear as to whether other factors were involved in the incidents such as drugs or alcohol. However, any incident reports the FDA receives regarding any product it has regulation authority of, usually understates the actual overall quantity of problems to a large degree.

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