5-Hour Energy Drinks Cited in Reports of Thirteen Deaths

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Performance-boosting caffeinated beverages like Four Loko, Red Bull, and Monster Energy Drinks are not the only brands cited in reports of consumer deaths, apparently: The Times reports that 5-Hour Energy, a brand founded and owned by Manoj Bhargava, a former monk who is now a low-key billionaire, has been cited in 30 reports filed with the FDA since 2009, including thirteen deaths. Other FDA reports “involved serious or life-threatening injuries like heart attacks, convulsions and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion,” according to the newspaper. [NYT, Earlier, Related]