WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (PRWEB) February 25, 2014
Wrongful death law firm Mike Lewis Attorneys is still investigating injury claims and fatalities allegedly linked to the hemodialysis drugs NaturaLyte and Granuflo as the March 2014 deadline for filing a claim approaches.
According to information provided by Fresenius Medical Care North America on Dec. 18, 2013, an influx of lawsuits is expected to be filed as the two-year statute of limitations draws closer. Individuals who have allegedly been harmed by the NaturaLyte or Granuflo products will be unable to file a claim once the statute of limitations expires, which begins in March 2014 and could extend an additional four years depending on the state in which the claim is filed.
Manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care North America, NaturaLyte and Granuflo were the subject of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s most stringent recall, a Class 1, in response to an Urgent Product Notification released by Fresenius. The FDA recall of NaturaLyte and Granuflo was filed in March 2012.
The use of Granuflo and NaturaLyte has been linked to increased incidences of cardiac arrest and arrhythmia due to elevated bicarbonate levels in patients who received the drugs. The official FDA recall notes side effects from elevated bicarbonate levels may include very low blood pressure, reduced potassium in the blood (hypokalemia,) metabolic alkalosis, and death.
A Safety Communication was issued by the FDA in May 2012 concerning the risks of treating patients with dialysate concentrates containing acetate, acetic acid or citrate; NaturaLyte and Granuflo contained these additives, though healthcare professionals may have been unaware of this fact when patients were treated.
Court documents cite over 400 lawsuits have already been filed alleging injuries and wrongful death from these drugs. These cases have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL 2428) to be heard in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts before the Hon. Douglas P. Woodlock. Mike Lewis Attorneys projects that the number of lawsuits may grow before the end of March.
Anyone treated with either of these drugs or those who have lost a loved one who was a dialysis patient is urged to contact Mike Lewis Attorneys for a free and confidential consultation. The consultation allows the firm to evaluate the validity of each claim and advise the best legal course of action.
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