GranuFlo and Naturalyte are dialysis products that have recently been recalled by the FDA due to the risk of severe, life-threatening injury or death. When the products are administered improperly, a patient may suffer a bicarbonate overdose, which can cause heart attack, stroke, and death. In June 2012, the FDA issued a Class 1 recall of GranuFlo and Naturalyte. Now, the company is facing a growing number of GranuFlo and Naturalyte lawsuits from people who were injured by these products.
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What is the problem?
Naturalyte (liquid acid concentrate) and GranuFlo (dry acid concentrate) are two dialysis products that are manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care, a German-based company that owns most of the dialysis clinics in the United States and also manufactures dialysis products.
Naturalyte and GranuFlo are products that balance the acidity and alkalinity of blood before it is delivered to a patient. Most other acid concentrates consist primarily of acetic acid. Naturalyte and GranuFlo contain acetic acid plus another chemical, sodium diacetate, which is converted to bicarbonate by the patient’s liver and tissues.
If a doctor is not very careful with the dosage, the patient can easily suffer a bicarbonate overdose, causing a condition called metabolic alkalosis.
FDA Warnings for GranuFlo, Naturalyte
The FDA has issued a Class 1 recall of the Fresenius GranuFlo and Naturalyte. According to the FDA,
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.
Failure to Warn About Side Effects
According to a New York Times investigation, in November 2011, Fresenius sent a memo to their own doctors warning about the potential for bicarbonate overdose and death. Fresenius noticed 941 deaths at their clinics since 2010, and they found that patients who had a high bicarbonate levels before dialysis were six times more likely to have a heart attack.
Fresenius did not notify the FDA of the issue, nor did they warn doctors at other dialysis clinics that were also using GranuFlo and Naturalyte. The FDA only became aware of the issue when an anonymous source sent the FDA a copy of the memo. When the FDA questioned Fresenius about the memo, the company voluntarily agreed to issue a recall.
GranuFlo and Naturalyte Side Effects
GranuFlo and Naturalyte are not inherently dangerous products. However, a physician can easily make a mistake when using the products, which can cause a bicarbonate overdose. This condition is life-threatening and can lead to death.
Severe side effects of GranuFlo and Naturalyte include:
- Cardiopulmonary arrest
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Cardiac arrest
- Metabolic alkalosis
- Low blood pressure
- Metabolic alkalosis
- Hypokalemia (low potassium in the blood)
- Hypoxemia (low oxygen in the blood)
- Hypercapnia (high carbon dioxide in the blood)
- Cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)
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