A new inhalable caffeine product attracts the attention of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA plans to commence a new safety investigation of AeroShot, a product of Breathable Foods Inc. AeroShot is a lipstick-sized canister that contains 100 milligrams of caffeine powder plus a number of B vitamins. Consumers are able to place one end of the canister in their mouth and breathe in, when breathing in a fine powder is released and quickly dissolves. The ingredients in each canister are almost equivalent to one large cup of coffee.
According to ABC News, Dr. Bruce Goldberger stated, “you could easily overdose or succumb to toxicity associated with the caffeine ingestion. You could mix it with alcohol in a social setting and also I’m troubled by its availability, potentially at home where young children can get a hold of it.” The FDA worries that due to the canisters packaging, brightly colored and a sleek look, AeroShot will attract mostly kids and teens, a target audience that is most vulnerable to overusing such products.
AeroShot was first released on the market last month in Massachusetts, New York and France. The product never required FDA review before being released on the market in the U.S. because it was sold as a dietary supplement. The FDA recently released a statement that the safety review will not only focus on whether the product is safe for consumption but also, will review if the product legally qualifies as a dietary supplement.
David Edwards, inventor of AeroShot, claims the product is safe and does not contain common additives used to boost the caffeine effect in most energy drinks. As we have seen over the years, energy drinks can have severe side effects and at times can cause fatal accidents. After the release of Four Loko, the FDA and the public are very cautious about products used to boost energy, especially if they are being mixed with alcohol.
The FDA will continue their investigation and promptly inform the public of any results they find. When considering taking any kind of energy booster, it is always best to make yourself fully aware of any side effects that could occur, whether it is the dosage or mixing it with alcohol, you should be cautious of all situations. If you or a loved one have taken something that ended in pain or even a fatal accident, and you feel you were not properly warned about the side effects, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney to discuss your legal options. At Borchardt Law Firm, we have seen and dealt with several different types of cases, including multiple cases where the side effects were not accurately warned about. We feel the work we do will continue to further protect future generations of Texans. Feel free to give us a call.
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