FDA Issues Warning to Inhalable Caffeine Maker
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Food and Drug Administration officials have issued a warning letter to the makers of the inhalable caffeine product AeroShot, saying they have questions about its safety and concerns about how children and adolescents may use it. (March 7)

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[VO:]A WARNING TO THE MAKERS OF AEROSHOT ... THE NEW ... LIPSTICK-SIZED INHALABLE CAFFEINE PRODUCT.F-D-A OFFICIALS SAY THE COMPANY HAS MISLED CONSUMERS.THE PRODUCT LABEL SAYS IT CAN BE BOTH INHALED AND INGESTED ... NOT POSSIBLE SAYS THE F-D-A ... IT'S CONCERNED CONSUMERS MAY TRY TO INHALE IT INTO THEIR LUNGS...AND THAT MAY NOT BE SAFE. ANOTHER PROBLEM SAYS THE AGENCY ... WAS LINKS ON THE COMPANY'S WEBSITE TO ARTICLES THAT MENTION USING THE CAFFEINE PRODUCT WITH ALCOHOL. SOMETHING F-D-A OFFICIALS SAY IS DANGEROUS.THE PRODUCT HAS ALREADY CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF POLITICIANS IN PLACES LIKE NEW YORK ... WHERE THE PRODUCT IS BEING SOLD.[SOT:Charles Schumer, (D) US Senator: "The truth is. Areoshot is nothing more than a club drug or a party enhancer."]THE F-D-A ALSO POINTS OUT THAT THE COMPANY'S WEBSITE SAYS IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE UNDER THE AGE OF 18..BUT THE PRODUCT LABEL SAYS IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE UNDER 12. IN A STATEMENT... THE COMPANY SAYS THE PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED FOR THOSE UNDER 18. AND SAYS THEY WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH FDA TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE. [SOT:David Edwards, Creator of Aeroshot; "Aeroshot is a new way of having your daily energy, it's like a coffee or it might be like a red bull. The advantage of the aeroshot is it is the act of breathing."]IF THE FDA DECIDES AEROSHOT ISN'T SAFE ... IT CAN TAKE ACTIONTHAT INCLUDES REMOVING THE PRODUCT FROM STORE SHELVES. THE COMPANY HAS 15 DAYS TO RESPOND ... THE FDA ALSO ASKED IT TO CORRECT THE VIOLATIONS ... AND SUBMIT ITS RESEARCH ON THE PRODUCT'S SAFETY TO THE AGENCY. [SIGOUT/REPORTER, LOCATION, ASSOCIATED PRESS](****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: Nicole Grether -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: Nicole Grether ---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: File; Breathable Foods, Inc.-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: Donna Starddard----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: Courtesy Breathable Foods, Inc.----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): None--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: BC-US--FDA-Inhalable Caffeine, 1st Ld-Writeth