Patients whose kidneys are unable to detoxify their bodies may visit dialysis clinics to receive certain products to clean out their systems. Thousands of patients across the U.S. received GranuFlo, a dry powder, to help to rid their bodies of potentially harmful toxins. While many have reported success with the product, others may consider filing a Kansas GranuFlo lawsuit if they suffered from adverse side effects or life-threatening complications.
Contact Attorney Group for Kansas if you believe that you were injured by GranuFlo. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to cardiac complications following a GranuFlo dialysis treatment, you may be eligible to file a Kansas GranuFlo lawsuit. Contact us today to learn more about your options.
What is GranuFlo?
GranuFlo is manufactured and marketed by Fresenius Medical Care as a convenient, cost-effective way for dialysis clinics to provide the chemicals used in the detoxification process. These chemicals, called diasylates, change into sodium bicarbonate that helps to neutralize the body’s acids. Since the kidneys normally perform this chemical change, patients with kidney failure or damage may require dialysis treatments to remove these compounds from their bodies.
However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I warning in 2011 for GranuFlo and notified dialysis clinics and the medical community of the possible dangers and risks of GranuFlo after the agency reportedly received complaints of strokes, heart attacks, arrhythmia, and death. The manufacturer followed with a GranuFlo recall in 2012.
Is GranuFlo Safe?
Those considering filing a Kansas GranuFlo lawsuit may be eligible to seek compensation if they were given GranuFlo and subsequently suffered from low blood pressure, low oxygen levels, low potassium levels, or if they experienced high carbon dioxide levels.
According to several adverse event reports sent to the FDA, these abnormal chemical levels often caused life-threatening complications such as heart arrhythmias, strokes, and heart attacks. Additionally, several trials found that the risk of these adverse complications was between six and eight times higher than the risk of cardiac arrest in those who were not given GranuFlo. As the potential link between GranuFlo and complications continued to grow, more patients came forward to seek compensation for their injuries.
Plaintiffs File GranuFlo Lawsuits
According to court documents, more than 300 GranuFlo lawsuits are currently pending in U.S. courts, and many familiar with the GranuFlo complications assert that, while Fresenius did issue a recall of its product, it did so much too late. Plaintiffs claim that Fresenius knew of the problems and potential complications yet only issued notifications to its own dialysis clinics and failed to inform the medical community as a whole until the FDA became aware of the possible dangers. While the physicians employed by Fresenius allegedly knew of the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other side effects, others continued to use GranuFlo because they were unaware of the possibility of fatal complications.
Contact an Attorney Today if You Believe You Have a Kansas GranuFlo Lawsuit
Attorney Group for Kansas is currently providing free case evaluations to patients who feel as though they are eligible to file a Kansas GranuFlo lawsuit. We can help answer your questions or concerns if you received GranuFlo and you subsequently developed complications or suffered a heart attack or stroke. Contact us today to learn more about filing a Kansas GranuFlo lawsuit. We can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file your Kansas GranuFlo lawsuit on your behalf and work to help you recover the damages to which you may be entitled. Call today.