We are currently investigating the link between two commonly used dialysis drugs, Fresenius dialysis machines: Granuflo (powder) and Naturalyte (liquid) and cardiovascular injuries and death. These two chemicals can deliver an overdose of dialysate buffer in patients' blood, causing the injuries. The overdose occurs for 3 reasons: (1) physicians using Fresenius machines and dialysate ingredients have not been educated to check elevated pre-dialysis blood bicarbonate levels in their patients; (2) the confusing design of the user interfaces on Fresenius dialysis machines make it difficult to determine the total buffer dosage of dialysate the patient will receive; (3) Granuflo, when mixed with the bicarbonate solution, doubles the amount of sodium acetate the patient receives (typically to 8 mEq/L with Granuflo and 4 mEq/L in Naturalyte).
Granuflo and Naturalyte use has been associated with a 600% increase in the risk of cardiopulmonary arrest and sudden cardiac death. The manufacturer, Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), was aware of the injuries and dangers associated with their dialysis products but did not warn their doctors or patients until much too late. Almost half of all dialysis patients in the United States were treated with one of these two drugs and the resulting damage and injury has been substantial.
If you or a loved one has been receiving dialysis at any clinics in Georgia, contact a skilled Georgia Granuflo Attorney to evaluate any potential claims you may have. The consultation is free, and the compensation could be substantial.