GranuFlo Dialysis FAQs

Published on November 12, 2013 by Sandy Liebhard

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What are GranuFlo and NaturaLyte Used for?

Fresenius Medical Care markets GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis concentrates, and both are used to remove toxins from the blood during dialysis treatments. Prior to the GranuFlo recall, both drugs were used at thousands of dialysis clinics around the country, which administered them to tens of thousands of patients. While both perform the same functions, GranuFlo is sold in powder form, while NaturaLyte is a liquid.

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What led to the GranuFlo recall?

In March 2012, Fresenius Medical Care issued an Urgent Product Notification to warn that GranuFlo and NaturaLyte could cause elevated levels of bicarbonate in the blood. According to dialysis lawsuits, this can cause dialysis patients to develop metabolic alkalosis, which increases the likelihood that they will suffer serious heart side effects, including heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrest, and sudden cardiac death, shortly after treatment.

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What action has the FDA taken since the GranuFlo Recall?

Shortly after Fresenius issued its Urgent Product Notification regarding serious GranuFlo heart side effects, the FDA designated the notice a Class I recall. A Class I recall is the agency’s most serious type of recall, and indicates a medical product poses a serious risk of injury or death. The FDA is also investigating Fresenius, after it was learned that the company may have known about the risks associated with the two drugs months before the GranuFlo recall was announced.

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What heart side effects have been linked to GranuFlo and NaturaLyte?

Plaintiffs in GranuFlo lawsuits have allegedly suffered a number of life-threatening heart side effects that can occur during or shortly after a dialysis treatment with GranuFlo or NaturaLyte, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Low blood pressure
  • Sudden Cardiac death

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How many GranuFlo lawsuits have been filed since GranuFlo and NaturaLyte were recalled?

As of August 2013, at least 300 GranuFlo lawsuits had been filed in state and federal courts on behalf of alleged victims of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. While some GranuFlo class action lawsuits have been filed, most of these cases are individual claims.

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What is the difference between an individual lawsuit and a GranuFlo class action lawsuit?

Class action claims are filed on behalf of plaintiffs who suffered similar damages and who would likely be entitled to the same type of compensation. Often, compensation awarded in a class action lawsuit can take the forms of rebates or coupons. Unlike a GranuFlo class action lawsuit, if an individual lawsuit is successful, the court will evaluate that particular plaintiff’s losses on their own individual merits to determine an appropriate level of compensation in each case.

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I understand some GranuFlo lawsuits have been consolidated. What does this mean?

GranuFlo lawsuits have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation now underway in U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. Cases filed on the state level in Massachusetts have also been consolidated in a single proceeding in Middlesex County Superior Court. These cases have been consolidated for the purpose of pretrial proceedings. However, unlike a GranuFlo class action lawsuit, each claim filed in these litigations will retain its individuality and be evaluated on its own merits.

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How do I know if I qualify for filing a GranuFlo lawsuit?

You may be eligible to file a dialysis lawsuit if you suffered a heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest or other sudden cardiac problem within 72 hours of undergoing a dialysis treatment with GranuFlo or NaturaLyte. If so, you should contact a GranuFlo lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP as soon as possible for a free case review.

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Can I file a GranuFlo lawsuit if a relative died following a dialysis treatment with GranuFlo or NaturaLyte?

If your loved one died from a heart attack, stroke or other sudden heart problem that may be related to the GranuFlo recall. you may able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. Such a claim could allow your family to obtain compensation for your relative’s medical bills, past and future lost earnings, funeral expenses, loss of consortium (for spouse), and other damages.

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What do GranuFlo lawsuits allege?

GranuFlo lawsuit plaintiffs claim that Fresenius Medical Care failed to provide patients and medical facilities with appropriate warnings regarding the risks associated with GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. They further allege that prior to the Granuflo recall, the company continued to aggressively market these products even though it was aware of their risks.

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How long do I have to file a GranuFlo lawsuit?

Like any product liability claim, dialysis lawsuits are subject to strict statutes of limitation that establish hard and fast deadlines for filing a claim. If you miss that deadline, which varies from state to state, you will be forever barred from seeking compensation for your injuries. For that reason, it’s important that you call a GranuFlo lawyer today, to ensure your case is not jeopardized by any statute of limitations issues.

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What is the cost for having a GranuFlo recall claim evaluated?

The GranuFlo attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are evaluating these lawsuits free of charge. Even if they determine that you have a valid claim, you won’t be under any obligation to use our firm for your case.

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If I choose Bernstein Liebhard LLP for my GranuFlo lawsuit, what can I expect to pay out in legal fees.

If you retain Bernstein Liebhard LLP, you can be assured that you will not incur any out-of-pocket costs pertaining to legal fees. Our Firm is representing alleged victims of the GranuFlo recall on a contingency basis. This means that you are only responsible for legal fees if we win your case and obtain a settlement or judgment on your behalf. Even then, the fees you pay will come directly out of your recovery, the percentage of which will be spelled out very clearly in the retainer agreement you sign with the firm.

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Why should I choose Bernstein Liebhard LLP for my GranuFlo lawsuit?

If you’re preparing to take on a large company like Fresenius Medical Care, you need a law firm on your side that has extensive experiencing representing the interests of injured consumers. At Bernstein Liebhard LLP, our attorneys have helped hundreds of people injured by defective drugs and other dangerous products, and have recovered more than $3 billion for our clients.

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What type of compensation could victims of the GranuFlo recall be awarded?

If your GranuFlo lawsuit is successful, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other injury-related damages. If it is determined that Fresenius was grossly negligent, you might also be awarded punitive damages.

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Will my GranuFlo lawsuit name the doctor or clinic that treated me as a defendant?

No. Dialysis lawsuits are product liability claims, and allege that plaintiffs’ injures are the result of negligence on the part of Fresenius Medical Care. Doctors and dialysis clinics would only be targeted if these were medical malpractice claims.

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Is Bernstein Liebhard LLP representing GranuFlo recall claimants who live in my state?

Yes. Our firm is offering free GranuFlo lawsuit evaluations to individuals from all 50 states, and is representing plaintiffs nationwide.

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I want to proceed with my GranuFlo lawsuit. What should I do?

If you are ready to move forward with your dialysis lawsuit, please contact a GranuFlo lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP who can evaluate your case and determine if you have a valid claim. To arrange for your free, no-obligation legal review, please call today.

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