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Thursday 14 December 2017

Teen risk with caffeine diet inhaler

INHALABLE caffeine that may be used as a "club drug" by teenagers, according to a New York senator, will be reviewed by US regulators after going on sale last month.

The AeroShot Pure Energy caffeine inhaler became available over the counter last month in New York and Boston and delivers 100mg of caffeine, the same as a large cup of coffee.

Though the product didn't require clearance because it's classified as a dietary supplement, New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer requested a Food and Drug Administration review, saying it could pose hazards to teens if taken with alcohol. Doctors say it may carry neurological and cardiovascular risks.

Last year, at Schumer's urging, the FDA stopped sales of caffeinated alcoholic beverages after they were linked to hospitalisations and deaths.

AeroShot, which is also sold in France, was created by David Edwards, a professor at Harvard University's School of Engineering. Sold in a canister resembling a tube of lipstick, it is priced at $2.99.

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