GranuFlo and Dialysis Injuries
Lawsuits against the makers of kidney dialysis treatment GranuFlo are proceeding, after an FDA recall identified a correlation between the drug and increased risk of heart attack. Plaintiffs’ attorneys allege that the makers of GranuFlo, Fresenius Medical Care, knew about the risks but did nothing about it. Despite the recall of GranuFlo, some dialysis clinics may still have the products in use. If you or someone you love has diabetes or has undergone kidney dialysis, they may have been exposed to the potentially deadly dialysis treatment, GranuFlo. Contact Hill-Boren.
Dialysis, Diabetes Treatment GranuFlo
GranuFlo was introduced in 2008, and was widely used, due to it's being a new, concentrated dialysis treatment product. GranuFlo was easy to transport to dialysis clinics, but carried a serious concern. The high concentrations of acetate or socium diacetate may be related to an increased number of heart attack deaths among those recieving this dialysis treatment. GranuFlo also requires that kidney dialysis machines be recalibrated before use. If not recalibrated property, kidney dialysis machines may release even higher levels of acetate into the diabetes or other dialysis patients' bloodstreams.
For nearly five years, the maker of GranuFlo continued to manufacture and distribute the harmful treatment. Lawyers representing injured dialysis patients or loved ones of those lost to GranuFlo, allege that the company, Fresenius Medical Care, was fully aware of the products danger and yet did nothing to protect dialysis patients. The manufacturer sent a memo to its kidney dialysis clinics, warning that heart attacks were six times as likely with patients who used GranuFlo. (Click here to read the warning memo)
FDA Recall of Dialysis Treatment GranuFlow
On March 29, 2012, the FDA released a Class I recall, the most urgent and serious level of medical recalls, for GranuFlo and a similar treatment, Naturalyte, also manufactured by Fresenius. According to statements from Fresenius about the dialysis drugs, symptoms include:
- low blood pressure
- hypoxemia (low levels of oxygen in the blood
- cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- hypercapnia (excessive carbon dioxide in the blood)
- cardiopulmonary arrest (heart attack)
If you or someone you love has sustained injury from kindey dialysis products GranuFlo or NaturaLyte, contact the expert injury lawyers at Hill-Boren. We're here to help, and we know how.