FDA: 5 Reported Deaths With Monster Drink Link

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) --” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it's investigating reports of five deaths and a non-fatal heart attack linked to highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drinks.

The agency acknowledged the adverse reports Monday, but FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess says they don't prove that the drinks caused the deaths.

The news follows last week's filing in California of a wrongful death suit by the parents of a 14-year-old, Hagerstown, Md., girl who died after drinking two, 24-ounce Monster Beverage (Nasdaq: MNST  ) drinks in 24 hours.

An autopsy concluded she died of cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity. She had an inherited disorder that can weaken blood vessels.

Monster says it doesn't believe its products caused any deaths.

Shares of the Corona, Calif.-based company plunged $7.20, or 13.5 percent, to $46.12 in trading Monday.

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  • Report this Comment On October 22, 2012, at 4:33 PM, Matthewuwf wrote:

    Doubled down on MNST today and feeling pretty good about it

  • Report this Comment On October 23, 2012, at 3:42 PM, Risky88 wrote:

    When fear is in

    I like to jump in

    Nothing has changed about this companies future

    Emotions suck when it comes to numbers

  • Report this Comment On October 23, 2012, at 3:49 PM, beefangusbeef wrote:

    Jumped in myself after looking for an in. It's the same company today it was a few days ago at a MONSTROUS discount.

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