What’s the Problem?
April 16, 2018 – Bulk quantities of caffeine supplements carry a high risk of overuse and misuse because the amounts needed to overdose are so small they can appear like any other normal serving to the naked eye, FDA said. The recommended dosage of caffeine is 200 mg, which is about 1/16 of a teaspoon of pure powder or approximately 2.5 teaspoons of a liquid.
“These products present a significant public health threat because of the high risk that they will be erroneously used at excessive, potentially dangerous doses,” FDA said. “Highly concentrated and pure caffeine, often sold in bulk packages, have been linked to at least two deaths in otherwise healthy individuals.”
FDA Banning Bulk Supplements of Pure Caffeine: NBC Nightly News Video
In 2015 and 2016, FDA issued warning letters to at least 5 sellers of powdered caffeine in an attempt to stop the supplements from being marketed in the U.S. However, these actions had little effect.
“Despite multiple actions against these products in the past, we’ve seen a continued trend of products containing highly concentrated or pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers as dietary supplements and sold in bulk quantities, with up to thousands of recommended servings per container,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
Do I Have a Caffeine Overdose Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in caffeine overdose lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by the side effects of a caffeine overdose, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.