GranuFlo | Naturalyte

GranuFlo | Naturalyte

Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 18-Dec-2012

Dialysis

GranuFlo is a dry powder form of acid known as sodium diacetate.

GranuFlo is a dialysate mixture, manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care Labs. It is used during dialysis, (a process that removes toxic waste from the blood system by neutralizing the acids that build up in the blood). With GranuFlo, dialysis clinics can mix their own acid concentrate solutions using ultra-pure water, bicarbonate concentrate, and acid concentrate to aid in removing toxic waste from the blood system.

However, GranuFlo uses sodium diacetate, which doubles the amount of acetate in dialysate, causing GranuFlo's total "buffer" level to be higher than the bicarbonate level delivered from the bicarbonate concentrate.

Since GranuFlo solutions contain more bicarbonate than other brands of the drug, it can cause alkalosis - or a bicarbonate overdose. Alkalosis is a dangerous condition in which the body contains high amounts of potassium and sodium carbonate, potentially causing: Respiratory Alkalosis, Metabolic Alkalosis, Hypochloremic Alkalosis, Hypokalemic Alkalosis, Compensated Alkalosis, Cardiac Arrest Fatalities, Hypo-tension, Low Blood Pressure, Heart Problems, Cardiopulmonary Arrest, Myocardial Infarction, Heart Attack, Stroke and even Death.

In a internal memo from Fresenius Medical Care Labs - People being prescribed NaturaLyte (a product similar to GranuFlo) and GranuFlo were suffering increased instances of cardiac arrest, resulting in at least 941 deaths throughout 2010. In October of 2012, the first lawsuit against the makers of GranuFlo was filed - alleging that, the death of the plaintiffs family member was a direct result of the administration of GranuFlo, and that the makers of GranuFlo knew about the increased risk of heart attacks with GranuFlo as early as November of 2011.

GranuFlo was issued a Class 1 recall (the most significant recall) by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in March of 2012.

If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered injury or death due to a defective or dangerous pharmaceutical, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries. The Maher Law Firm would like to help. We invite you to contact our trial-tested Dangerous Drug Attorneys today.

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