CHARLESTON, W.Va (PRWEB) February 28, 2014
West Virginia product liability lawyers at The Bell Law Firm, PLLC are continuing their investigation into injury claims associated with the hemodialysis drugs NaturaLyte and Granuflo as the deadline for filing a claim approaches.
As the two-year statute of limitations for the hemodialysis drugs draws closer, any persons alleging harm from 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 filed a recall on NaturaLyte and Granuflo in March 2012.
The use of Granuflo and NaturaLyte has been linked to increased incidences of cardiac arrest due to elevated bicarbonate levels in patients who received the drugs. The official FDA recall states that side effects from elevated bicarbonate levels may be extremely 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.
According to court documents filed with the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (MDL2428), hundreds of lawsuits having already been filed alleging injuries and wrongful death from these drugs. These cases have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation to be heard before the Hon. Douglas P. Woodlock in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.
Anyone treated with either of these drugs or those who have lost a loved one who was a dialysis patient is urged to contact The Bell Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation regarding the extent of their injuries and legal rights.
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