February 1, 2013 — A dialysis injury lawsuit has been filed by a man who suffered a heart attack, stroke, and severe pain after he was treated with GranuFlo and/or Naturalyte solutions during kidney dialysis at a Fresenius clinic in Ferriday, Louisiana. The man, Ronnie Glasper, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on January 25 against Fresenius Medical Care, the largest provider of dialysis products and services in the world.
Fresenius manufactures GranuFlo and NaturaLyte solutions, which are used to balance the acidity of the blood of dialysis patients. Unfortunately, improper doses of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are associate with sudden, life-threatening heart problems.
Fresenius is currently facing at least 37 other dialysis injury lawsuits in district courts throughout the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has indicated that hundreds of people have been injured by GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, and it is likely that the number of lawsuits will continue to grow.
All of the lawsuits allege that Fresenius concealed risk information and failed to warn doctors about known health risks. In November 2011, the New York Times disclosed an Internal Memo that Fresenius sent to their own doctors regarding severe health risks associated with GranuFlo and/or Naturalyte. The memo described an internal study, which found that patients with high pre-dialysis bicarbonate levels were 6 to 8-times more likely to suffer cardiopulmonary arrest and cardiac death. The memo strongly recommended that physicians take care when adjusting the dosage of GranuFlo and Naturalyte, because improper doses could contribute to bicarbonate overdose and death. The memo was not sent to the FDA or non-Fresenius physicians until March 2012.
According to Glasper’s lawsuit, GranuFlo and Naturalyte are associated with the following side effects:
- Cardiac arrest
- Chemical imbalances in the bloodstream, including:
- Metabolic alkalosis (pH of the blood above 7.35-7.45)
- Hypokalemia (low potassium)
- Hypoxemia (low oxygen)
- Hypercapnia (high carbon dioxide)
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- And more
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