Injured by GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® Dry Acid Concentrate while on Dialysis?

March 12, 2013

Call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm Today!

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm, a full-service law firm located in Little Rock, Arkansas, is investigating claims of severe complications associated with the of GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® Dry Acid Concentrate during dialysis treatments.  The use of these products has been linked to a significant increase in the risk of cardiopulmonary events, including cardiac arrest and even death.

On March 29, 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced that it was recalling Naturalyte Liquid and Granuflow Dry Acid Concentrate, both of which are manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care North America.  The recall was identified as a Class I recall, "the most serious type of recall," which are appropriate when the FDA determines"there is a reasonable probability that use of a product will cause "serious adverse health consequences or death."

The concentrate, formulated for use with a three-stream hemodialysis machine, has been recommended for the treatment of acute and chronic renal (kidney) failure in patients undergoing dialysis treatments.  According to the FDA, the concentration of acetate or sodium diacetate contained in Fresenius’ Naturalyte Liquid and GranuFlo Dry Acid Concentrate, when improperly administered, can lead to a high serum bicarbonate level in dialysis patients which may contribute to "metabolic alkadosis."

Metabolic alkadosis, the FDA warns, is a significant risk factor associated with the following: 

Heart Problems, including Myocardial Infarction or Heart Attack

Low Blood Pressure

Hypokalemia, Hypoxemia, Hypercapnia

Cardiac Arrythmia

Stroke

If not properly treated, cardiopulmonary arrest or even death may result.  In fact, cardiac death has been identified as the leading cause of death of dialysis patients!

Reports suggest that FMC officials knew that high pre-dialysis serum bicarbonate levels increased patients’ risk of cardiac arrest and death at all times, but they continued to market Naturalyte and GranuFlo, anyway.  What’s worse, FMC continues to market the products, placing hundreds of thousants of patients undergoing dialysis at any of the thousands of dialysis clinics across the country, at risk!

Call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm if you believe you have been injured by Naturalyte Liquid and GranuFlo Dry Acid Concentrate

If You or a Loved One has suffered any of the side effects listed above, including cardiac arrest, while undergoing dialysis, and you believe that Naturalyte or GranuFlo may have contributed to your injuires, please call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm today at (501) 588-0549 or (866) 676-5096 for a free consultation with an experienced team of lawyers and professionals.  You can count on us to make sure you are compensated for your injuries!

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