Ever have one of those days where you just wish you could inject caffeine into your system and be on your way? Well, while you can’t get a direct shot to your blood apparently you can just breathe in the caffeine without the damaging effects of drinking energy drinks, shots, or pills. AeroShot is a revolutionary product that dispenses caffeine and B vitamins into your mouth without any calories.
While this may seem like a blessing in disguise, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not so sure. According to a CNN report, the Administration is planning on investigating this new form of caffeine intake because they question its safety. The report explains that consumers can currently purchase the AeroShot, a lipstick-shaped container that dispenses the caffeine and vitamins, online or at convenience stores in both New York and Boston. And the kicker of it all—it only costs $3.
A single tube of AeroShot can be consumed all at once or in small doses according to the product’s website. In the CNN report one New York Senator, Charles Schumer, is very wary of the consequences of a product like this.
He told CNN that, “This product could be very dangerous. There might be legitimate uses. The business man staying up late who doesn’t want to drink that cup of coffee, that’s OK. But what about kids who go to bars and take several shots of AeroShot so they can drink more?”
The Senator brings up a valid point. There has been a lot of attention in the media of the dangerous of mixing caffeine and alcohol—remember the Four Loko scandal? Even with caffeine / alcohol combination drinks being altered to be less dangerous people are still dying.
Just this past weekend there was a 13-year-old boy from Maryland who died after consuming Four Loko according to news reports. So what is going to stop individuals from abusing the ease of this caffeine intake? After all, it won’t be like pounding down a Red Bull which could make you full and unable to drink as much. Senator Schumer took his concerns to the FDA by writing them a letter and the FDA reported that they will investigate his concerns and send him a response directly.
Although it is an energy supplement, in the FDA’s eyes energy pills, shots, etc. fall under the same regulations as dietary supplements. CNN reported that:
The company making them is responsible “for determining that the dietary supplements it manufactures or distributes are safe and that any representations or claims made about them are substantiated by adequate evidence to show that they are not false or misleading,” according to the FDA website.
It’s rare for the agency to prohibit a supplement. In 2004, it stopped the sale of the diet supplement Ephedra, but only after deaths and other serious side effects were reported.
“Manufactures are free, basically, to sell almost any product they want and to make any claims they want about dietary supplements” [David Schardt, from the Center for Science in the Public Interest] said. “It’s the burden of the Food and Drug Administration to prove that a product is unsafe and the dietary supplement industry has lawyers to defend their products and it’s a long involved process.”
At this point it is just a game of wait and see. The product has not been removed from the market, but depending on what the FDA concludes in its investigation inhalable caffeine may become just another failed product.
The FDA plays a very important role and in conjunction with other government agencies helps protect consumers from hazardous or harmful products. If you or someone you love has been injures as the result of a dangerous or defective product of any kind you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Philly accident lawyers at Console & Hollawell today to find out what your legal rights and options are. Call us today at (866) 778-5500 to set up your free consultation.
All photos from AeroShot website.