Energy drinks have replaced soda in the marketplace and sales rose 17% last year. Energy drinks are becoming more and more popular in Connecticut and nationwide; however, they have also been under scrutiny since being linked to an increased risk of heart-attack. Monster Energy Drink, known for its high doses of caffeine has been cited in 5 deaths and 1 non-fatal heart attack according to recent reports.
Allegations that link the energy drink to heart attacks date back to 2004, however there was no official statement made by the FDA regarding the risks. Since a number of recent deaths and a wrongful death suit was filed this week, the FDA is now investigating. According to the complaint, a 14-year-old girl died after drinking to cans of Monster Energy in a 24-hour period.
An autopsy concluded that she died of cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity. The medical examiner also found that she had a genetic condition that weakened blood vessels; however, the parents allege that Monster failed to warn consumers of the potential risks.
Last year the New York state Attorney General issued subpoenas to energy drink makers, including Monster as part of the investigation of the energy drink industry. Reports have indicated that people had an adverse reaction after they consumed the energy drink, which can be purchased in a 24-ounce can and contains 240 milligrams of caffeine. This is 7 times the amount in a 12-ounce cola.
If you suspect that your loved one has suffered a heart attack or other condition related to consuming an energy drink, it is important to consult with an experienced products liability attorney to protect your rights.
Source: Associated Press, “FDA probes 5 reported deaths linked to Monster Energy Drinks, wrongful death suit filed in CA,” Matthew Perrone, Oct. 22, 2012