Patients taking the dialysis concentrate Granuflo should be warned that the FDA has issued a large-scale recall of the drug. If you have suffered a cardiac episode while undergoing dialysis with Granuflo, you may be owed compensation due to this recall, and you should contact a Granuflo attorney as soon as possible.
What Is Granuflo?
To understand the Granuflo recall and how it may affect you or someone you love, you must first know what Granuflo is and how it works. Patients who suffer from chronic kidney failure require dialysis to filter toxins and waste out of their blood for them. For dialysis to work properly, a drug called a dialysate must be used to neutralize normal acid buildup in the blood.
Granuflo is one of the most popularly used dialysates on the market today, but it has a major problem that could cause some patients to go into cardiac arrest. The active ingredient in Granuflo, sodium diacetate, is easily converted by the body into bicarbonate. Excess bicarbonate in the bloodstream is strongly associated with cardiac arrest and heart failure.
Elevated Risk of Fatal Heart Failure
In fact, according to studies conducted within the past few years, using Granuflo increases a patient’s likelihood of having a fatal heart attack by as much as six times. This significant increase in risk of serious harm or even death is the cause for the FDA’s massive recall of this drug. Unfortunately, however, numerous people have already suffered due to the use of Granuflo in their dialysis machines.
Who Is at Fault in a Granuflo Case?
Patients seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, funeral bills, pain and suffering, and other damages will likely wonder who is to be held responsible. In this case, because the makers of Granuflo did not place sufficient warning on their products, they are primarily responsible for all pre-recall cases of heart attacks and cardiac incidents occurring due to use of Granuflo.
If you or someone you love has suffered a heart attack while undergoing dialysis with Granuflo, you are owed compensation by Fresenius Medical Care, the pharmaceutical company responsible for producing Granuflo. If, on the other hand, your doctor has continued to prescribe and use Granuflo instead of adhering to the terms of the recall, then he or she should also be held responsible for putting patients at risk of cardiac arrest and potential death.
Pursuing a Case With a Granuflo Attorney
Because it has been shown that Granuflo contributes greatly to the risk of heart attack, catastrophic cardiovascular injuries, cardiopulmonary arrest, and cardiac death, patients who have undergone treatment with the drug may be eligible for one, a few, or all of the following damages, including:
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning capacity
To find out if you are eligible for compensation for these damages, you will need to talk with a qualified Granuflo attorney. As with all tort law cases, the burden of proof will be on you to prove that you (or one of your loved ones) suffered from cardiac problems and/or death due to the use of Granuflo during dialysis.
While Fresenius Medical Care is currently being sued by multiple parties to this end, their insurance company will work to give out as little in the way of damages as possible. With a Granuflo attorney in your corner, you’ll have the legal expertise you need to pursue your case. To find out more about Granuflo cases or to schedule a free consultation, either fill out our online contact form or call our office today at 855-427-3332.