Did you or a loved one suffer a heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia or death during (or shortly after) dialysis treatment? Doyle Law is now accepting new claims related to GranuFlo® powder and NaturaLyte® Liquid concentrates. These two dialysis agents are manufactured by Fresenius Medical and used primarily (but not solely) at Fresenius Medical dialysis clinics. If you are a patient who suffered any of the injuries noted above during or shortly after dialysis treatment, we want to help you determine whether GranuFlo or NaturaLyte may have been the cause.

Kidney Dialysis Patients: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class I recall of GranuFlo Dry Acid Concentrate and Naturalyte Liquid Acid Concentrate. The FDA recall occurred on March 29, 2012, because of each product’s potential to cause cardiopulmonary arrest in dialysis patients. According to the FDA, "Class 1 recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death."

Did you suffer a heart attack or stroke during (or shortly after) dialysis? Fesenius Medical's dialysis agents GranuFlo and NaturaLyete have been recalled because they're defective.  Call the Doyle Law Firm at (678) 799-7676 for a free consultation.

Injuries Linked to GranuFlo and NaturaLyte

The following injuries or side effects have been reported by dialysis patients when GranuFlo or NaturaLyte concentrates were used:

  • Cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Heart Attack
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Hypercapnia (high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood)
  • Hypokalemia (low levels of potassium in the blood)
  • Hypoxemia (low levels of oxygen in the blood)
  • Metabolic Alkalosis
  • Stroke
  • Sudden cardiac death

GranuFlo and NaturaLyte History

GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are products that control acid, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium levels in a dialysis patient’s blood. These products are manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care. Fresenius is the world’s largest supplier of dialysis machines, operating more than 2,700 dialysis centers worldwide. In the United States, Fresenius manages more kidney dialysis clinics than any other company, treating more than 130,000 patients. In addition, it is estimated that approximately 100,000 patients have been treated with GranuFlo and NaturaLyte in non-Fresenius clinics.

On Nov. 4, 2011, Fresenius sent an internal memo to its clinic doctors and medical directors warning them that NaturaLyte Liquid or GranuFlo powder may pose a greater risk for cardiopulmonary arrest and sudden cardiac death in certain patients. The memo detailed the potential dangers associated with GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, disclosing that 941 patients suffered cardiac arrest while being treated at Fresenius clinics in 2010 alone.

Fresenius did not initially warn any other doctors or patients at non-Fresenius clinics or the general public about these risks. After the FDA anonymously received the Fresenius internal memo in late March 2012, the agency issued the Class 1 recall to make sure that every patient knows of the potential dangers associated with GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. The FDA is now investigating Fresenius to determine whether the company violated federal law by failing to warn all patients of the serious risks connected to GranuFlo and NaturaLyte.

The Problem with Granuflo and NaturaLyte

Fresenius Dialysis Clinics summed up the problem in a recent letter this way:

"The manufacturer is cautioning clinicians to be aware of the concentration of acetate or sodium diacetate (acetic acid plus acetate) contained in Fresenius’ Naturalyte Liquid and Granuflo Dry Acid Concentrate. Inappropriate prescription of these products can lead to a high serum bicarbonate level in patients undergoing hemodialysis. This may contribute to metabolic alkalosis, which is a significant risk factor associated with low blood pressure, hypokalemia, hypoxemia, hypercapnia and cardiac arrhythmia, which, if not appropriately treated, may culminate in cardiopulmonary arrest. This product may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death."

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Granuflo Lawsuits and NaturaLyte Lawsuits

Those who suffered an injury due to the use of GranuFlo or Naturalyte at their dialysis clinic may be able to recover monetary compensation due to the manufacturer's failure to warn of the risks.

In particular, victims of Granuflo and Naturalyte who file a Granuflo lawsuit or Naturalyte lawsuit may be able to collect damages for:

  • Expenses related to necessary surgery and medical treatment
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Lost wages
  • Out-of-pocket medical, surgical and hospital expenses
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Spousal loss of consortium

Contact A Georgia Granuflo Dialysis Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered one of the injuries listed above after dialysis treatment that utilized GranuFlo concentrate or NaturaLyte concentrate, a GranuFlo lawsuit or NaturaLyte lawsuit may be a viable option for you. Call our Atlanta, Georgia offices today for a free consultation. The number to reach either office is (678) 799-7676. Do not wait another day and risk losing your claim.

All cases are reviewed by our Georgia dialysis injury attorneys under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to investigate your case and there are no attorney fees unless we win your case and a recovery is obtained. To review a lawsuit for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

The Georgia NaturaLyte lawyers and Georgia GranuFlo lawyers at Doyle Law are now filing GranuFlo dialysis lawsuits and NaturaLyte dialysis lawsuits for clients and are evaluating GranuFlo claims and NaturaLyte claims nationwide. If you or a loved one has been injured by GranuFlo or NaturaLyte, you may be entitled to monetary compensation, but only if you act quickly.

The Doyle Law Firm's experienced Georgia dialysis injury lawyers have extensive experience with product liability claims, specifically those involving defective drugs or defective medical devices. Even if you're not sure whether GranuFlo or NaturaLyte was used during your dialysis treatment, we can help you figure it out. We'll order your records to identify the products used and determine whether your problems might be linked to GranuFlo powder or NaturaLyte liquid.

Georgia has a two year statute of limitations on filing certain defective product-related product liability and personal injury claims. It takes time to acquire records and draft pleadings, so please do not delay in contacting us if you have any concern that your injury may have been caused by the dialysis agents sold as GranuFlo and NaturaLyte.

Results Matter

As a result of our preparation and diligent efforts, the lawyers on our team have been able to recover over sixty-three million dollars ($63,000,000.00) for the clients we represent. Those cases have involved dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, truck and auto accidents, medical malpractice, construction accidents, fraud, product liability, electrocutions, nursing home abuse, and wrongful death.