New York, New York (PRWEB) December 08, 2013
The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have launched a new website for individuals seeking to file NaturaLyte and GranuFlo lawsuit (http://www.dialysislawsuitclaims.com/) claims. Vital to anyone who may have suffered a stroke, heart attack, sudden cardiac death or another cardiovascular injury allegedly stemming from either of these dialysis medications, information about last year’s GranuFlo recall will be included on the Firm’s new website.
Individuals who are eligible to file a lawsuit against Fresenius Medical Care, the manufacturer of these acid concentrates, may have experienced heart problems within 72 hours of a dialysis treatment that used GranuFlo or NaturaLyte. According to court documents filed in November, almost 400 cases alleging injuries caused by these medications are now pending in a federal litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. (In re Fresenius GranuFlo/Naturalyte Dialysate Litigation, MDL No. 2428)
“With this new website, individuals who may have been injured as a result of GranuFlo or NaturaLyte will be connected with the resources they need to file a claim against Fresenius,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective medical devices and drugs including GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. The Firm is currently offering free and confidential case evaluations to anyone who may have sustained the life-threatening heart problems associated with either of these medications.
A recent update from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) indicates that 393 NaturaLyte and GranuFlo lawsuits were pending in the federal Massachusetts proceeding as of November 18th, 2013. Cases filed in this litigation, which held its most recent status conference on November 1, 2013, were brought on behalf of individuals who received either of the acid concentrates during dialysis treatments and who are alleged to have suffered a stroke, heart attack, sudden cardiac death, or another heart-related injury.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I recall for GranuFlo and NaturaLyte in June 2012 after the federal agency found that the acid concentrates may put a patient at risk for serious injury and death. This announcement followed an Urgent Product Notification from Fresenius in March 2012 that alerted the general public of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte’s association with sudden cardiac death, heart attacks, cardiopulmonary arrest, strokes and other injuries.
According to a New York Times report published shortly after the GranuFlo recall, the FDA’s involvement with the Fresenius medications did not end there. After becoming aware of an internal memo sent in November 2011 to physicians operating in the company’s own dialysis clinics, the federal agency began to investigate whether the dialysis drug supplier violated federal regulations in its handling of the recall. According to the memo, more than 900 deaths had occurred in patients who underwent dialysis treatments aided by GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. Fresenius did not alert doctors in facilities outside its network of these fatalities at the time. *
Dialysis lawsuits filed in U.S. federal and state courts now allege that the manufacturer failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about its products’ risk for these side effects, which may be caused by the acid concentrates’ potential to cause elevated levels of bicarbonate in the bloodstream. In turn, this may result in a condition referred to as metabolic alkalosis.
In addition to claims pending in the federal proceeding, court documents show several GranuFlo and NaturaLyte lawsuits pending in Massachusetts’ Middlesex County Superior Court. (In re: Consolidated Fresenius Cases, No. MICV2013-03400-O)
Dialysis patients who may have suffered cardiovascular side effects within 72 hours of receiving GranuFlo or NaturaLyte may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Fresenius Medical Care. Learn More about the GranuFlo recall by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s new website, or by speaking with one of the Firm’s lawyers directly. To arrange for a free case review, please call 800-511-5092.
*nytimes.com/2012/06/15/health/fda-investigates-fresenius-for-failure-to-warn-of-risk.html; New York Times, June 14, 2012
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