GranuFlo is intended to help dialysis patients, but the dry powder has allegedly caused several severe and life-threatening complications. As a result, patients throughout the U.S. are working with personal injury attorneys to pursue claims against Fresenius Medical Care and seek compensation for their injuries. Contact Attorney Group for Colorado today to be informed of your options and to determine whether you are eligible to pursue a Colorado GranuFlo lawsuit.
What is GranuFlo?
The job of the kidneys is to neutralize acids and remove harmful toxins from the body. For patients whose kidneys are failing or not performing this function as necessary, a dialysis procedure may be required. In a dialysis treatment, a patient receives chemicals such as GranuFlo that are intended to aid in the detoxification process.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I warning concerning GranuFlo in 2011. According to the agency, GranuFlo may be linked to heart attacks, arrhythmia, strokes, and death. Following the FDA’s warning and subsequent notification to dialysis centers across the U.S., Fresenius Medical Care announced a recall and pulled GranuFlo from the market.
Is GranuFlo Safe?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your condition, you may be entitled to file a Colorado GranuFlo lawsuit if you were administered GranuFlo during a routine dialysis procedure and subsequently suffered from low oxygen, potassium, or blood pressure levels or if you experienced high levels of carbon dioxide. According to researchers who have conducted studies involving dialysis chemicals, GranuFlo patients are six to eight times more likely to experience a heart attack than those who were administered an alternative dialysis product.
Patients Step Forward to File Lawsuits
More than 1,860 GranuFlo lawsuits were pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts as of June 2014. Additional lawsuits are continuing to proceed against Fresenius Medical Care throughout the U.S. According to plaintiffs, Fresenius failed to warn about the potential dangers of GranuFlo and a similar product, NaturaLyte. Patients also claim that the manufacturer continued to promote the product even after it had begun to receive evidence of possible complications.
Additionally, Fresenius is accused of only warning the dialysis centers in its own network. While informing its own clinics about the potential for complications was an important step to take, it allegedly did little to help other dialysis centers throughout the U.S. whose healthcare providers were unknowingly administering GranuFlo without being made aware of the risk of heart attacks or death.
Only when the FDA received adverse event reports did Fresenius issue a warning and, eventually, a recall for its product. If you suffered a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiac event during or after a dialysis treatment with GranuFlo, you may be eligible to file a Colorado GranuFlo lawsuit and recover damages for your injuries.
Need More Information about Filing a Colorado GranuFlo Lawsuit?
If you believe that you are eligible to file a Colorado GranuFlo lawsuit after experiencing complications while taking GranuFlo, contact Attorney Group for Colorado today for a free, no-obligation consultation. If you have a case, Attorney Group for Colorado can connect you with an affiliated attorney. He or she can file a Colorado GranuFlo lawsuit on your behalf and assist you throughout the legal process. Call today.