Energy drinks consumed to increase stamina do more harm to health than good and can lead to addiction to alcohol, a study released by NGO Centre for Science and Environment said. The CSE had tested two samples each of eight popular energy brands sold in India and found 44 % of the samples breached the safety limit of 145 particles per million (ppm) of caffeine prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954.
Caffeine is a psycho-stimulant and can lead to seizure, strokes and even death.
Nearly a month after the licence of Axis Clinicals was suspended for irregularities in conducting trials on poor illiterate women, officials of the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) found similar violations by nine Clinical Research Organizations (CROs) in the state. Highly-placed sources said that there are glaring violations in the recruitment process of `subjects' and in taking their informed consent in almost all these organizations, where the gullible are becoming guinea pigs.