August 30, 2013 — Mass Device reports that the Granuflo class action lawsuit in California now contains hundreds of claims. Another class action is pending in Pennsylvania. Fresenius is accused of downplaying the risk of heart attack and stroke associated with Granuflo.
Fresenius is also facing over 200 lawsuits in a federal court in Massachusetts, in Multi-District Litigation (MDL) No. 2428 — In Re: Fresenius Granuflo / Naturalyte Dialysate Product Liability Litigation.
Michael Schmidt of The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in this litigation.
Granuflo Class Action Lawsuit Information
Granuflo is a dry acid concentrate that is used in hemodialysis clinics. It is combined with a bicarbonate concentrate and added to the blood of dialysis patients to balance the pH of the blood before it is returned to the patient’s body.
The problem is that Granuflo contains a substance that the liver converts into bicarbonate, effectively increasing the total bicarbonate level beyond the initial dose. Plaintiffs in the Granuflo class action lawsuit allege that Fresenius knew about the problem, but failed to inform anyone outside their own company.
Granuflo was used in dialysis from 2003 until 2012, when it was recalled. The recall was initiated after the FDA received leaked internal memo from Fresenius. The memo reported 941 deaths at Fresenius clinics in 2010. They also warned about the risk of cardiac arrest, which was 6- to-8-times more common in patients with high bicarbonate levels.
Do I have a Granuflo Class Action Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Granuflo induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by a heart problem or stroke caused by Granuflo in dialysis treatment, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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