Tampa, FL (PRWEB) December 20, 2012
The attorneys at Morgan & Morgan are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of patients who allegedly underwent dialysis using GranuFlo and suffered from a sudden cardiac arrest. Inappropriate use of the product can lead to high levels of bicarbonate which may contribute to a condition that is significant risk factor for certain cardiac problems, according to an FDA safety communication.
GranuFlo contains an ingredient which the body turns into bicarbonate, an overdose of which has been linked to heart problems in recent studies, according to a June 15 New York Times article. It contains more of this ingredient than its competitors, the Times reports. When determining how much bicarbonate to administer separately to dialysis patients, many physicians have not been accounting for the additional bicarbonate contributed by GranuFlo, according to the Times.
In Nov. 2011, Fresenius Medical Care distributed an internal memo, warning that failure to properly administer GranuFlo appeared to be contributing to an increase in the risk of users suffering from a sudden and fatal cardiac arrest. The manufacturer of the dialysis concentrate failed to immediately alert regulators, patients or other centers that used the products of its findings and only did so in late March 2012 after the FDA was leaked a copy of the memo, the Times reports.
“We feel that Fresenius had a duty to properly warn consumers and doctors about the increased health risks associated with GranuFlo,” said Michael Goetz, the head of the mass tort section at Morgan & Morgan. “It is our belief that the company failed to do so and consequently put thousands of patients at risk for serious injuries or death.”
Morgan & Morgan is currently offering a free online consultation for patients who allegedly suffered cardiac arrest during or shortly after dialysis using GranuFlo, as well as loved ones acting on their behalf. For more information and a free consultation, please visit http://www.forthepeople.com/granuflo-naturalyte-recall--11-4643.html today.
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*In re Fresenius GranuFlo/Naturalyte Dialysate Litigation, MDL No. 2428 (JPML)