It is no secret that dietary supplements have received heightened scrutiny from FDA lately. In fact, it feels like just yesterday that allegations of potential health concerns relating to Four Loko made headlines here in New York. (Four Loko is a malt liquor-based, caffeinated alcoholic energy drink; FDA ultimately stopped the sale of such caffeinated alcoholic beverages.) Well, there could be a new kid on the block: Aeroshot. Like Four Loko, Aeroshot arguably offers a new take on energy supplements, this time in aerosol form. Also like Four Loko, Aeroshot has quickly attracted attention from authorities.
Just before Christmas, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked the FDA to review the safety of Aeroshot. Calling the new supplement “nothing more than a party enhancer,” Schumer expressed concern about Aeroshot’s potential to promote caffeine use amongst teens. Schumer also asked FDA to request information from the manufacturer of Aeroshot relating to the effects of inhalable caffeine on children. The manufacturer of Aeroshot, Breathable Foods, has stated that Aeroshot is not marketed or intended for children, and is not intended to be mixed with alcoholic beverages; rather, it is a safe product that meets FDA guidelines for dietary supplements and delivers caffeine with a mix of B vitamins to the mouth.
It is too early to tell how things will pan out. But if history is an indicator, it seems more likely than not that Aeroshot will be subjected to increased scrutiny in the coming days, and we will keep following any developments.