Energy drink maker defends banned drug after runner's death
After an energy boosting drink was cited as contributing to the death of marathon runner Claire Squires, the company behind the drink have defended the active ingredient DMAA.
Claire died in April 2012 just a mile from the finishing line of the London marathon.
She had taken a drink containing DMAA with her. DMAA was banned in the UK in August 2012.
USPlabs sympathizes with the family of Ms. Squires for their tragic loss. We continue to stand by the safety of the dietary ingredient 1, 3 DMAA. The ingredient has been the subject of seven clinical trials supporting its safety when used as directed. These studies place 1,3 DMAA among the most studied dietary ingredients on the market.
The inquest into the death of 30-year-old Claire Squires from North Kilworth in Leicestershire who collapsed and died a mile from the finishing line of the London marathon last year has been hearing how she used an energy boost drink while on the run.
The hairdresser had taken part in several marathons prior to the London run in April last year.
Her boyfriend Simon Van Herrewege told Southwark Coroners Court in London that Claire had bought the energy boost drink online.
An off-duty paramedic told the Coroner she had seen Claire suddenly slow down and reach for the barrier in Birdcage Walk near the finishing line. She then collapsed and her heart stopped beating.
Following the death donations to Claire's chosen charity The Samaritans passed the one million pound mark.
Claire Squires inquest: 'Drink could have made her heart beat faster'
A consultant at the inquest into the death of 30-year-old Claire Squires who died while taking part in the London marathon says 'performance enhancing drink she took could have made her heart beat faster.'
The performance enhancing ingredient that was in her drink was DMAA.
Claire from North Kilworth in Leicestershire collapsed and died a mile from the finishing line in April last year.