The dialysis treatment products GranuFlo and Naturalyte have been recalled due to the risk of cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, and death. Fresenius, the company that manufactures these products, is facing a growing number of lawsuits for allegedly warning their own doctors about the risk of cardiac arrest, but failing to warn anyone else until 2012.
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GranuFlo and Cardiac Arrest
During dialysis (when a person with kidney failure has toxins mechanically removed from their blood), acid normally increases in the bloodstream. A doctor must balance the acidity/alkalinity of the blood before re-injecting it into a patient. Bicarbonate is often used to lower acidity. Products like GranuFlo Dry Acid Concentrate or Naturalyte Liquid Acid are also used to balance the acidity of blood. Most of these types of products contain acetic acid, but GranuFlo and Naturalyte contain acetic acid plus acetate. When acetate is metabolized by the liver, it turns into bicarbonate. This means that patients who are treated with GranuFlo or Naturalyte are more likely to have high bicarbonate levels than people treated with other products.
Bicarbonate overdoses can cause metabolic alkalosis, a life-threatening condition associated with low blood pressure, cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, and death. If a health care professional is not aware that GranuFlo and Naturalyte can substantially increase a patient’s bicarbonate levels, they may accidentally overdose a patient.
Fresenius Warns of GranuFlo Cardiac Arrest
Fresenius Medical Care is the manufacturer of GranuFlo and Naturalyte dialysis products. On November 4, 2011, Fresenius sent a memo warning doctors about the risk of bicarbonate overdose associated with GranuFlo and Naturalyte. Fresenius staff noticed in 2010, there were 941 deaths at 667 Fresenius clinics — an unusual increase. They found that patients who had high levels of bicarbonate before dialysis were six times more likely to have cardiac arrest during dialysis treatment. They warned doctors to check their patients’ bicarbonate levels, and measure GranuFlo and Naturalyte very carefully.
Unfortunately, the FDA did not become aware of the safety hazard until an anonymous source sent them a copy of the memo in March 2012. After the FDA questioned Fresenius, the company agreed to publish an urgent notification. In May 2012, Fresenius issued a recall of GranuFlo and Naturalyte.
What is Cardiac Arrest?
Cardiac arrest is a very serious, life-threatening cardiovascular disorder. It is different from a heart attack, which occurs when something obstructs the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle, causing the heart muscle to die. Cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical activity in the heart is disrupted. Without an electrical signal, the lower heart chambers “flutter” instead of pumping. Unless normal electrical activity is restored, usually with a high-voltage electrical shock (called defibrillation), the patient can suffer severe organ damage and brain death within a few minutes.
If you, your loved one, or someone you know suffered from sudden cardiac arrest while undergoing dialysis treatment, it is possible that GranuFlo or Naturalyte were responsible. Contact our lawyers today for a free case consultation. If you choose to file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, future medical care, or the wrongful death of your loved one.
Symptoms of Cardiac Arrest
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Sudden collapse
- No pulse
- No breathing
- Loss of consciousness
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