Dialysis fluid users 6 times more likely to experience cardiac arrest
Kidneys help filter the blood. When chronic kidney failure occurs, those afflicted must undergo hemodialysis. In this procedure, a machine removes toxins, waste from the blood, and then returns it to the body. GranuFlo powder concentrate is crucial to the dialysis process. Health-care professionals use it in dialysis machines to neutralize the normal buildup of acid in the blood.
Facts about GranuFlo
In March 2012, the FDA recalled the compound to revise the prescribing instructions and update labeling. According to the recall, use of the product could lead to low blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmia even leading up to cardiopulmonary arrest and death.
Shortly thereafter, it was discovered that Fresenius was aware of the heart risks and failed to inform healthcare providers and patients. A November 2011 internal company memo surfaced revealing that over 900 patients experienced heart attacks in company clinics the previous year. Fresenius medical personnel concluded that patients with excessive levels of bicarbonate in their blood were six times more likely to experience cardiac arrest than those with normal levels. The memo directly linked GranuFlo, which uses a powdered compound that creates bicarbonate, to increased bicarbonate levels and heart attacks.
Fresenius, was ordered to pay $250 million to Granuflo’s victims. Plaintiffs must agree to the terms of the deal by July 2016, and the funding will be provided in August of 2016.
When manufacturers produce unsafe products that create pain and suffering, you deserve compensation. Although no amount of money will change the fact that you have suffered a serious injury as a result of manufacturer irresponsibility, compensation will help offset your current and future medical costs, as well as provide for the pain and suffering you have experienced. By filing, you may also help protect other men and their families from needless distress.
- Low blood pressure
- Cardiac arrhythmia – abnormal heart beat
- Cardiopulmonary arrest – sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness
If you or someone you know has suffered an adverse event after using GranuFlo, you may be eligible for compensation to ease the financial and emotional burdens you are experiencing. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, during which we will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal rights and options. If you choose us to represent you, we will work with you on a contingency fee basis; this means you pay nothing until we have secured compensation for you, either through a jury verdict or settlement.