Dialysis Drugmaker Voices Support for GranuFlo Lawsuit MDL
The makers of GranuFLo and NaturaLyte continue to defend the safety of their dialysis drugs, but released a statement last month highlighting their cooperation in the growing litigation involving GranuFlo lawsuits.
On Dec. 13, 2012, manufacturer Fresenius USA voiced its support for the formation of a multidistrict litigation to consolidate federally-filed GranuFlo lawsuits. Then a month later, the company publicly supported a petition to do so in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, where it is headquartered. This information was filed in a response brief published Jan. 3, 2013. According to court documents, this will impact the 11 pending GranuFlo lawsuits currently pending in federal court.
GranuFlo and Naturalyte are acid concentrates used to neutralize the acid that builds up during dialysis treatments.
In June 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a NaturaLyte and GranuFLo recall, which it categorized as Class I—the most serious type of recall, which is only issued when the agency determines there to be a high likelihood that the product could lead to serious side effects and/or death.
Plaintiffs in NaturaLyte and GranuFlo lawsuits allege the dialysis drugs may cause the following side effects:
- sudden cardiac death
- cardiovascular death
- cardiopulmonary arrest
- other catastrophic heart injuries
- heart attack
The life-threatening injuries associated with these drugs are typically suffered within the first 48-hours after they are taken.
In light of these allegations, the FDA has begun to investigate Fresenius USA for its hesitance in warning doctors and health clinics about the potential for GranuFLo and NaturaLyte to cause side effects. GranuFlo lawsuits have cited the findings of an internal company memo sent Nov. 4, 2011, which warned of 900 deaths that occurred after GranuFlo was administered during dialysis treatments.
How to File a GranuFlo Lawsuit
If you or a loved one suffered injuries or death after taking GranuFlo or NaturaLyte during a dialysis treatment, you may be eligible to file a GranuFlo lawsuit seeking compensation for the pain and suffering you were caused. For more information, contact a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP by calling (877) 779-1414.