Symptoms and Risks of Dangerous Granuflo

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 4-Apr-2013

Headlines proclaiming the dangers of dialysis products Granuflo and NaturaLyte have been crowding the news. But despite the evident dangers, injuries and deaths resulting from dangerous products, understanding what makes them risky is not as evident to consumers.

What is Granuflo?

Noted by maker Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), as the “most widely prescribed dry acid product in the dialysis industry,” the affects of Granuflo and the risks associated are obviously far reaching, touching countless patients who have used the product. But despite the high number of patients who are prescribed the powdered product, the dangers associated were not immediately evident. Instead, the dangerous Granuflo became popular among facilities because of its portability in contrast to much heavier liquid products, making it safer for employees handling it and easier to store. But despite the practicalities tied to Granuflo, the higher levels of acetates have been associated with serious, life transforming risks and death.

Kidney Failure and Granuflo

Kidney failure and disease can sometimes make it necessary for patients to seek dialysis, which helps filter the blood in the absence of healthy kidney function. While dialysis can be a positive treatment for those suffering from kidney related conditions and failure, some of the chemicals used to filter the kidneys, in dialysis treatment centers across the nation, has been found to have serious cardiac repercussions. Granuflo is one of those products, which has been shown to promote cardiac risks and events including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attacks
  • Cardiopulmonary Arrest
  • Arrhythmia
  • Cardiac Arrest

Why is Granuflo Dangerous?

While there are certain factors that put patients enduring Granuflo dialysis treatment at risk of cardiac events and even death, many patients and their loved ones were not even aware of some of those risks because of inadequate warnings. In addition to poor warnings issued and noted by FMC, those administering and using the product as well as patients were not informed of the problems and potential risks.

One of the ingredients in the dangerous drug is converted into bicarbonate. According to the FDA, Granuflo contains more of this ingredient than some of their rivals. As a result of excessive bicarbonate in combination with bicarbonate already within the body, the body can experience an overdose of bicarbonate, leading to heart attacks, strokes and other heart conditions. While it is necessary for doctors to account for the amount of bicarbonate which already exists in a patient’s body, the absence of adequate warning led many patients to endure preventable heart conditions and deaths.

As a result of poor warnings regarding health risks tied to Granuflo dialysis FMC was investigated by the Food and Drug Adminstration. A memo discovered by the FDA revealed internal information recognizing the risks of Granuflo and the need to address those rests with adequate warnings. But despite this internal memo, consumers were not notified at the time the information became available to FMC.

Call a Texas Granuflo Attorney Today!

If you or a loved one experienced cardiac arrest, stroke, death or any other heart related event tied to Granuflo after receiving the product after 2009, call our Granuflo attorneys in San Antonio, Austin and across the state of Texas at 800-359-5690, contact our Granuflo dialysis lawyers in Texas online or visit any of our ten locations across the state for a free case evaluation regarding your injuries and loss. We care. We can help.


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