July 1, 2014 — At least 17 previously unreported deaths have been linked to energy drinks, according to an investigation by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
The CSPI sent a letter (PDF) to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg outlining their concerns. They requested warning labels and a public health warning to discourage energy drink consumption by children and teenagers under 18.
According to Dr. Stacy Fisher, director of complex heart diseases at University of Maryland School of Medicine:
“As I see in my medical practice, energy drinks are clearly causing symptomatic arrhythmias … These new reports of deaths and other injuries raise the level of concern about the adverse effects of energy drinks.”
The reports were submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after late 2012. In November 2012, the FDA confirmed that energy drinks were associated with at least 150 adverse events, including many cardiovascular events like high blood pressure, arrhythmia, high blood pressure, and more. The FDA published a report and asked for outside expert advice on the use of energy drinks by pregnant women and children.
Since 2004, at least 34 deaths have been linked to energy drinks. However, this number continues to climb. In June 2014, WFSB reported that energy drinks may have contributed to a heart attack that killed a 16 year-old girl on vacation in Mexico.
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