The acidic concentrate powder GranuFlo is a popular choice for dialysis clinics which allows them to mix their own dialysate for hemodialysis without the cost or hassle of storing large liquid solution containers.
Unfortunately, studies have shown improper use of this product can lead to serious heart conditions like cardiac arrest, heart attack or even Granuflo dialysis death. Since Fresenius Medical Care tried to conceal these dangers, those affected are pursuing legal action for their loss.
Dialysis is a form of treatment that cleanses the blood of toxic waste when damaged or failed kidneys can no longer do so. While most dialysate solutions use acetic acid, Granuflo also contains sodium acetate, which can be converted to bicarbonate by the patient’s tissue and liver.
During a year-long study in 2010, Fresenius learned that elevated bicarbonate levels from improper mixing of Granuflo or prescription of separate bicarbonates with dialysis could increase the risk of heart problems as much as six times the normal rate. Many of these cases resulted in Granuflo dialysis death.
However, instead of alerting the FDA, patients or the clinics purchasing their product of these dangers, they concealed the information until March of 2012, only warning their own doctors. As a result, hundreds of thousands of patients were put at risk.
If you or a loved one suffered heart injury or death after undergoing dialysis, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation to help with your loss. Contact us today.
The maker of Granuflo, Fresenius Medical Care, is the largest provider of dialysis services and products in the world. In addition to operating approximately 1,800 dialysis clinics of their own, they sell nearly every product used in dialysis to thousands of other clinics.
In November of 2011, Fresenius circulated an internal memo to company doctors warning of the danger of Granuflo misuse and the risk of elevated bicarbonate levels. Only after the FDA received an anonymous tip about the memo did the company issue a public warning months later.
Elevated bicarbonate levels in the blood have been linked to severe heart conditions such as cardiac arrest, low blood pressure, metabolic alkalosis, heart attack or even Granuflo dialysis death.
Many of those affected by the injury or death of a loved one after dialysis have already filed a lawsuit. Due to the amount of cases expected, a federal panel recently recommended they be combined to a special Multi-District Litigation court. A lawyer can explain whether your case qualifies and how long you have to take action.
Before choosing a lawyer, make sure they are qualified for this type of lawsuit and have the resources and experience necessary to fight large drug companies. The DrugRisk Resource Center only recommends law firms that specialize in drug injuries and have handled Granuflo claims.
For more information on the research, warnings, side effects and litigation related to Granuflo, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.