The latest lawsuit filed against Fresenius, the maker of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis medications, comes from a man in Louisiana. Ronnie Glasper, a patient at a Fresenius Medical Care center in Louisiana, alleges that he was harmed by alkali dosing errors linked to the use of GranuFlo. On November 4, 2011, Fresenius allegedly sent an internal memo to certain Fresenius medical directors and physicians warning them of the dangers associated with GranuFlo/NaturaLyte. Mr. Glasper alleges that, although the internal memo was sent to some medical facilities, it was not sent to the Fresenius Medical center where he was receiving dialysis, nor was it sent to his attending physician. The memo stated that “borderline elevated pre-dialysis bicarbonate levels and overt alkalosis were associated with six to eight fold greater risks of cardiopulmonary arrest and sudden cardiac death in the dialysis facility.” The lawsuit alleges that Fresenius “negligently and/or fraudulently represented” that tests on GranuFlo/NaturaLyte showed them to be safe for their intended uses. Furthermore, the new lawsuit alleges that Fresenius hid its findings from the public, members of the medical community and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The lawsuit claims that Fresenius did not adequately test to determine the risks associated with the use of GranuFlo/NaturaLyte. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Glasper received either GranuFlo and/or NaturaLyte during dialysis treatments at a Fresenius Medical Care center and ultimately suffered a heart attack and stroke. Currently, eleven other federal lawsuits have reportedly been consolidated to a Multi-District Litigation (MDL 2428) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Side Effects Associated with GranuFlo Use
Some patients who received GranuFlo reportedly suffered from high blood serum bicarbonate levels. This can lead to other serious health problems, including;
- Heart attack
- Low blood pressure
- Hypokalemia (low potassium in the blood)
- Hypoxemia (low oxygen levels in the blood)
- Hypercapnia (excessive carbon dioxide in the blood)
- Cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
GranuFlo Lawsuit Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured by Fresenius Medical Care’s GranuFlo or NaturaLyte dialysis products, please contact one of our skilled national GranuFlo lawsuit lawyers today to protect your rights. To learn more about your rights and legal options, call the Phillips Law Firm today. Our experienced GranuFlo lawsuit lawyers have represented families across the country in their quest for justice. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For a free consultation visit the Phillips Law Firm websitehttp://www.justiceforyou.com or call 1-800-708-6000.