FDA Struggles to Control Workout Supplement Health Risks

by Staff Blogger | December 30th, 2014

Numerous products on the market claim to enhance your physical performance, but they may also be putting users’ safety in serious danger. One of the newest workout supplement health risks involves caffeine powders that can cause health complications—and even death. Despite these risks, there is little the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can do to prevent the sale or misuse of the product.

An article from U.S. News explains that at least 21,000 Americans are hospitalized each year due to complications from energy drink products. Officials say the number is expected to grow now that caffeinated powder has made its way onto the market.

The powder can be lethal in doses of more than two tablespoons, and thousands of others have been harmed after using lower dosages.

These problems have forced the FDA to send warning letters to distributors and retailers who sell the caffeinated powders, but the use of ambiguous warnings could make it difficult for the FDA to have the product pulled from the market—which is their intention.

The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough encourage citizens to stay safe by refraining from using products with large amounts of caffeine. If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking a supplement, an attorney may be able to protect your legal rights to compensation for your injuries. Our firm is available to speak with you anytime—just call (800) 210-8503.