Fresenius Medical Care is a large provider of dialysis services and dialysis products, such as Granuflo and NaturaLyte. GranuFlo is a dry acid concentrate used in dialysis. Fresenius claims on its website that GranuFlo is the “safest dry acid product.” NaturaLyte comes as a liquid acid concentrate and dry pack concentrate used in dialysis. On November 4, 2011, Fresenius issued an internal memo to doctors and dialysis service providers warning that its dialysis products had been linked to an increase in cardiac problems. The memo reported that in the past years 941 patients died from cardiac arrest while using Fresenius products.
On March 29, 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall for both GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. The FDA issued the recall after receiving an anonymous copy of the internal memo. Fresenius’ products raised patient bicarbonate to dangerous levels putting them at risk of serious cardiac problems that could cause death. Cardiac problems are the number cause of death for patients receiving dialysis.
Fresenius lawsuits assert defective product, failure to warn and wrongful death claims. In particular, an Ohio woman filed suit after her husband went into cardiac arrest just minutes into undergoing dialysis. In another lawsuit, a Georgia man filed suit after his father died from a heart attack shortly after receiving dialysis. The decedent had been receiving dialysis three times a week. The regular need for dialysis by patients increases the likelihood that they will suffer a serious or fatal injury from Fresenius products. Fresenius Medical Care faces a major risk of liability because it manufactures dialysis products such as Granuflo and NaturaLyte in addition to manufacturing dialysis equipment and providing dialysis services. Therefore, the company will have greater difficulty claiming contributory negligence or supervening acts that would lessen or remove liability.
Do You Have a Fresenius Claim?
If you believe that you or one of your loved ones have been injured by Fresenius products GranuFlo or NaturaLyte, you may want to speak with a personal injury lawyer regarding a dangerous drug claim. A Fresenius lawyer familiar with new developments in the investigation of the drugs GranuFlo and NaturaLyte may be able to help you make important personal and legal decisions. d’Oliveira & Associates is working with some of the leading dangerous drug lawyers and dangerous drug attorneys in the country who are handling these cases.
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