FDA Releases Report on 5-Hour Energy, Monster Energy, and Rockstar Energy Drink

Have you consumed an energy drink, looking to find that big burst of energy suggested by the advertisements, only to find yourself feeling terrible afterward?  If so, you are not alone.

According to a report recently released by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA Report”), numerous severe adverse effects following use of energy drinks have been reported and collected in the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (known as “CAERS”).  According to the FDA Report, the FDA “advises consumers to talk with their health care providers before using any product marketed as an ‘energy shot’ or ‘energy drink.'”

The symptoms and outcomes reported included everything from feelings of fatigue, migraines, dizziness, nausea and agitation to more serious reports of anxiety, blood pressure fluctuation, abnormal or increased heart rates, vomiting, hyperventilation, disorientation, convulsions, loss of consciousness, falling, head injuries, and death.

The FDA Report is available here.

If you or a loved one believe you have been adversely affected by consuming an energy drink, please contact Mike or Jim at (317) 269-2500 or toll free at (888) 337-7766.

Huge Explosion In Richmond Hill Subdivision in Indianapolis Kills Two, Injures Many, and Causes Widespread Damage

According to local news reports, two victims are confirmed dead and several others have been transported to local hospitals following a devastating explosion near Stop 11 and Sherman in Indianapolis. WISH-TV reports that Citizens Gas is on the scene investigating whether this explosion in the Richmond Hill subdivision was caused by a natural gas leak. At the time of this posting, authorities are not allowing homeowners back into their homes, and the cause of the explosion is not yet known.

UPDATE, 11/11/12, 7:33 p.m.:  Fox News is reporting that Rep. Andre Carson says that investigators have ruled out a meth lab or a bomb as possible causes of the blast.  See the Fox News report here.  The report further states that Deputy Code Enforcement Director Adam Collins has estimated the damage at $3.6 million.

The photos and video broadcast from the scene make it clear that the explosion was extremely powerful. Witnesses interviewed by WTHR described the blast as having been extremely loud and destructive.

For more information, see this story published by the Chicago Tribune online.

Details about this devastating explosion and the resulting fire are continuing to come out, and we will continue to monitor reports and post updates.

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If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury or loss related to a suspected natural gas explosion or fire, please contact us to discuss your case.  Call (317) 501-2233 or (317) 439-1181 24 hours a day, or send an email to mschultz@parrlaw.com or jbuddenbaum@parrlaw.com.

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