Fresenius Medical Care is the largest operator of United States hemodialysis clinics and also the leading supplier of dialysis machines along with disposable supplies and products. They are under investigation for not informing customers of a possibly deadly heart risk linked to excessive doses of the company’s NaturaLyte and GranuFlo dialysis products. Patients who receive dialysis usually have the expectation that those products used during dialysis are safe and, thus, are usually unaware of the exact names of the products used in their treatment, such as NaturaLyte and GranuFlo. Additionally, because many of the facilities that patients go to for their dialysis treatments use local names, it is possible that those patients do not know if they are getting their dialysis done at an affiliated facility of Fresenius Medical Care. Member Texas Granuflo Lawyers of Texas Attorney Group are investigating these issues on behalf of clients in order to determine if their injury is related to such products as GranuFlo and NaturaLyte or an affiliated facility of Fresenius Medical Care.
Dialysis is a process that gets rid of toxic waste from the blood in patients whose kidneys have failed. In dialysis, bicarbonate is given to neutralize acids that build up in the blood. Fresenius Medical Care’s NaturaLyte and GranuFlo have an ingredient that the body changes to bicarbonate at higher levels than other rival products. NaturaLyte and GranuFlo are used at Fresenius’ own clinics and also other hemodialysis centers that buy their supplies for dialysis from Fresenius Medical Care. It is estimated that 125,000 patients in clinics that are not affiliated with Fresenius are treated with NaturaLyte and GranuFlo.
According to Fresenius and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, NaturaLyte and GranuFlo can contribute to bicarbonate levels that are elevated in patients, which can lead to hemodialysis metabolic alkalosis, a serious risk factor for various heart and health problems to include:
- Sudden cardiac arrest
- Sudden heart attack
- Low blood pressure
- Hemodialysis cardiac arrest
- Hemodialysis cardiopulmonary arrest
Texas Granuflo Lawyers
Patients who have suffered a heart attack or cardiac arrest linked to receiving GranuFlo and NaturaLyte using a dialysis supply that was distributed by Fresenius Medical Care may be entitled to receive financial compensation through a Texas Granuflo lawsuit. The affiliated Texas Granuflo Lawyers of Texas Attorney Group are reviewing cases from victims of dialysis cardiac arrest. If you or someone you love suffered from a cardiac arrest or heart attack from dialysis that could be linked to GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, you should contact Texas Attorney Group today.