GranuFlo and Naturalyte
Products from the GranuFlo and NaturaLyte companies are used daily for dialysis across the United States. Many patients contracted serious heart problems that led to death for some of them. This prompted many families and patients to file lawsuits against Fresenius Medical. There has been confirmation that suggests that the makers of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte knew there were potential dangers but chose not to reveal this information. This information was attained by reviewing some internal communications within Fresenius medical staff, which proved their knowledge of the dangerous and deadly side effects that many patients suffered as a result of using GranuFlo and Naturalyte.
Should You File a GranuFlo or NaturaLyte Lawsuit?
Thousands of dialysis centers use GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, which are mixtures used during the dialysis process, made by Fresenius Medical Care. These products are very well known since Fresenius Medical Care is the world’s largest manufacturer of products that aid in kidney dialysis. On March 29th, 2012, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recalled GranuFlo and NaturaLyte using a Class I recall after a thorough investigation of the unsafe properties of these products. The FDA required that Fresenius Medical Care revise the prescription instructions on these products. The recall advised that these products may cause death through the culmination of cardiopulmonary arrest, hypercapnia, hypokalemia, hypoxemia, low blood pressure, and cardiac arrhythmia. The possibility of other conditions was also included in the recall.
Communications within the company dated November 4th, 2011 revealed that over 900 patients had suffered heart attacks in clinics that were owned by Fresenius in the preceding year. This showed that Fresenius was aware of the dangerous side effects caused by these drugs but failed to relay that information to patients and their doctors. The internal communications discussed that Fresenius knew that patients who had extremely high levels of bicarbonate in their blood were six times more likely to have a cardiac arrest when compared to patients with regular levels of bicarbonate in their blood. Fresenius’ medical staff also found that using GranuFlo caused increased levels of bicarbonate in patients’ blood, thus causing increased heart attacks among said patients.
Injuries Caused by GranuFlo and Naturalyte
Patients and their family members who filed lawsuits against Fresenius claimed that the makers of Granuflo and NaturaLyte “intentionally, recklessly and negligently concealed, suppressed, omitted and misrepresented the risks, dangers, defects, and disadvantages of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte.” The amount of people who were injured or died from these products continued to grow, which led to these lawsuits. The patients and family members were concerned that the makers of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte were aware of the dangerous side effects these products caused but chose not to inform the users of these products and their medical care staff. Some of the conditions that were included in the lawsuit that was allegedly caused by these two products included death, loss of wages, physical pain, mental suffering, and high medical costs. The high medical costs resulted from some patients having to seek additional medical care for the new negative symptoms that arose from the use of these products. Loss of wages was incurred by patients and their family members having to miss work due to illness and other commitments that were related to the use of products manufactured by Fresenius.