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.
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