GranuFlo and NaturaLyte acid concentrate are commonly used in kidney dialysis treatments. Patients who have chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, or renal issues undergo dialysis, which takes the place of the kidneys by clearing impurities from the blood. GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are the chemicals that help neutralize by removing toxic waste from blood. The manufacturer, Fresenius Medical Care, issued a warning to doctors that inappropriate prescription or dose of the chemicals increases the risk for cardiac arrest but failed to recall the drug or notify the Food and Drug Administration. If GranuFlo or NaturaLyte harmed you or a loved one, NaturaLyte and GranuFlo dialysis lawsuit attorneys may be able to help you obtain compensation.
Drug Maker Fails to Issue Warning
According to The New York Times, there are over 400,000 dialysis patients in the United States. The main supplier of dialysis equipment and products is Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) who treats more than one-third of dialysis patients in nearly 6,000 treatment centers. In 2012, the FDA issued a Class I recall, the highest and most serious recall warning, for GranuFlo and NaturaLyte due to reports of serious health consequences and deaths linked to the dialysis chemical treatments. FMC did not immediately report the dangers to medical professionals administering the drugs and failed issue a GranuFlo recall and NaturaLyte recall or notify the FDA after risks were discovered. When the FDA anonymously received an FMC internal report an investigation ensued. During the time period between FMC’s knowledge of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte’s serious health dangers and the actual recall almost half a million patients could have suffered adverse health consequences and/or death.
GranuFlo and NaturaLyte Side Effects
It is estimated that dialysis patients who received the high level of bicarbonate treatments are six times more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest and/or death than those with lower levels. Patients prescribed with improper dosages of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte could experience:
- Metabolic alkalosis
- Low blood pressure
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Cardiopulmonary arrest
- Heart attack
Contact GranuFlo Attorneys for More Information about Lawsuits
Patients undergoing dialysis have already been subject to many medical procedures. The serious risks and side effects of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte only expel the pain and suffering. If you have experienced the severe side effects or experienced the death of a loved one due to GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, GranuFlo dialysis lawsuit attorneys may be able to help you during this difficult time. For more information, please call 1-888-BURNETTI or fill out a free case evaluation.