Granuflo and NaturaLyte recalled after harming thousands using the drugs. More than 900 died from these dialysis medications. Learn more in this post.
Fresenius Medical Care, the largest provider of kidney dialysis products and services, is the producer of both of these drugs. And unfortunately, this is a situation where they had awareness of the potential harm they could cause. But, they failed to share this information with both healthcare providers and patients.
What Evidence Shows Fresenius Had This Awareness?
An internal company memo that got leaked to the FDA on Nov. 4, 2011, discussed some startling facts:
- More than 900 patients in Fresenius clinics had experienced heart attacks in the previous year
- Both GranuFlo and NaturaLyte increase bicarbonate levels
- Fresenius found patients with excessive levels of bicarbonate were 6 times more likely to experience heart attacks than those with normal levels
As a result, the FDA issued a Class 1 recall of both GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. Class 1 recalls are by far the most serious kind they announce. In plain English, it means there’s a reasonable chance that the drugs will either cause serious health consequences or death.
Fresenius, rather than notifying everyone who used its dialysis drugs, instead chose only to tell doctors and staff at its own clinics. More than 100,000 dialysis patients at other facilities were at risk of serious health consequences or death.
Fresenius Has Some Major Fallout To Deal With
As of Winter 2014, 2,220 cases are now pending against Fresenius for its actions. A federal multi district litigation is now hearing those cases in Massachusetts. There are also 3,900 additional claims at the state level.
Many more are being filed from across the nation.
A Few Case Stories
It’s clear Fresenius chose to do the wrong thing. In cases where death occurs, you usually have a clear personal injury claim. Anything less than that though requires in-depth discussion about your injury claim.
Here’s how the circumstances worked out for a few cases:
- Arthurine Williams
Unfortunately, she had to file a suit on behalf of her husband Johnny, who passed away. Johnny’s case was reasonably straightforward. He underwent a GranuFlo dialysis treatment and died of a heart attack the next day. Arthurine holds the position Fresenius knew of this danger, yet proceeded with the treatment anyway.
- Betty Lemmond
Again, Betty sued on behalf of her deceased husband. He died from a heart attack the same day he got a Granuflo dialysis treatment. Her lawsuit says Fresenius acted negligently, and also accused the company of wantonness, fraud, and unjust enrichment (paid for services that resulted in his death).
- Waddell Bishop
He filed a lawsuit on behalf of his late mother Frances Carol Bishop. She got a GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis treatment and died of a heart attack a month later.
If you have a loved one who died as a result of either of these dangerous drugs, remember you may have the right to financial compensation. Contact Mullen & Mullen’s Dallas injury attorneys for a free consultation at (214) 747-5240 or use the form on this page to email us.