While many people love a good cup of joe in the morning, pure or highly concentrated caffeine products can be life-threatening and they continue to present a significant public health threat. For that reason, the FDA has issued a new guidance to manufacturers of powdered caffeine, which clarifies that dietary supplements containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms are considered unlawful when sold in bulk quantities directly to consumers. Are any of your patients at risk?
See what you know about the hazards of extreme caffeine use with this 9-question quiz and gather a few clinical pearls to help you counsel patients.
Reference: Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Highly Concentrated Caffeine in Dietary Supplements: Guidance for Industry. College Park, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration; 2018.