Even in tiny amounts, pure powdered caffeine can have life-threatening consequences,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP
Port Washington, New York (PRWEB) February 09, 2015
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm representing patients injured by consumer products, drugs and medical devices, comments on recent news involving powdered caffeine. On Feb. 2, 2015 CBS Philly reported that Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey raised serious concerns about the supplement, which has been linked to at least two deaths. He announced that he's written a letter to the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and says they should consider banning it.
The FDA has posted a warning on its website alerting consumers to the dangers of powdered caffeine. The agency said that consumers should avoid pure powdered caffeine products; ones that are sold online in bulk are particularly worrisome. The FDA warned that pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant that can cause accidental overdose in very small amounts. According to the notification, a single teaspoon of pure caffeine is equal to about 25 cups of coffee. Pure powdered caffeine has been linked to the deaths of at least two young men who used the products, the FDA said.
According to Parker Waichman LLP, it is important for consumers to be aware of the dangers of powdered caffeine. Caffeine overdose or toxicity can cause the following symptoms:
- Rapid or erratic heartbeat
“Even in tiny amounts, pure powdered caffeine can have life-threatening consequences,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “As a firm that is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals injured by defective products, we are continuing to keep consumers updated on this issue.” Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free, no-obligation legal consultations to anyone with questions about their legal rights.
Sen. Casey says the FDA needs to be more aggressive about powdered caffeine and should consider a ban. “I believe they need to do more work,” he said, according to CBS Philly. “The FDA is a regulatory agency and sometimes may not have the same sense of urgency that we have or certainty that constituents or taxpayers have,”
“Teenagers, young adults are getting this powder because they want to lose weight. They also try to use it as a workout supplement. They’re trying to study longer hours.” said Dr. Robert Glatter, according to CBS Philly. “Everyone should be on the same page about how dangerous this substance is and that it should not be used in any form in any way.”
Parker Waichman LLP offers free lawsuit consultations to consumers who believe they, or their loved ones, have been injured due to powdered caffeine products. If you or someone you know purchased a powdered caffeine product and may have been injured, please visit the firm's Product Liability Page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).