FDA to review safety of inhalable caffeine

The US Food and Drug Administration will review information brought to the agency’s attention about an inhalable caffeine shot, which delivers 100 milligram shot of caffeine with each use. About the same as is in a cup of coffee. What’s their concern?

ABC’s Mark Greenblatt said, “It’s making the rounds on national TV but now new health concerns have prompted a Federal safety investigation” that is “welcomed by some health experts who are concerned about people who might do shot after shot.”

“AeroShot Pure Energy, the inhalable caffeine product that went on sale last month, will be investigated by Food and Drug Administration officials concerned about whether it’s safe for consumers,” the Los Angeles Times added. “Breathable Foods, the company that makes the powder and the yellow and gray canisters it’s delivered in, said in a statement that AeroShot is ‘a safe, effective product that complies with FDA regulations.'”

In December, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), wrote “FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg” a letter “voicing concerns about the potential of adolescents pairing the product with alcohol” urging her “to review AeroShot’s safety and legality.”

The AP reported, “Tom Hadfield, chief executive of Breathable Foods, which makes AeroShot in France, said in a statement that the company will cooperate fully with the FDA’s review to address the issues raised by Schumer and is confident it will conclude that AeroShot is a safe, effective product that complies with FDA regulations.”

At the same time, “an FDA official” told “the Associated Press that the review will include a study of the law to determine whether AeroShot qualifies as a dietary supplement” and “the product will also be tested to figure out whether it’s safe for consumption.”

“AeroShot, which is also sold in France, was created by David Edwards, a professor at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,” Bloomberg News explained.

“Breathable Foods says it’s a safe product that delivers caffeine and a mix of B vitamins to the mouth without containing chemicals found in other energy products, such as taurine or glucuronic acid.”

The company said it “will cooperate fully with the FDA review to address the issues Schumer raised, Tom Hadfield, the company’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.”

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