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Capitol Health Call
September 11, 2013

Hearing Raises Questions on Energy Drink Marketing

JAMA. 2013;310(10):1015. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277676

Sen Jay Rockefeller (D, WVa), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, held a hearing July 31 in which he questioned whether the makers of highly caffeinated energy drinks are marketing a potentially harmful product to young individuals.

The hearing came amid growing concern among some health care professionals that consumption of energy drinks by children and young adults increases their risk for medical problems such as heart arrhythmias, increased blood pressure, and dehydration.