GranuFlo® Lawsuit Update: Nearly 30 New GranuFlo® Lawsuits Filed in Federal Court for Inclusion in MDL 2428
In March, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) announced that all GranuFlo® lawsuits filed in federal court would be consolidated for pretrial proceedings before the Honorable Judge Douglas P. Woodlock in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Massachusetts (MDL 2428). Since August, twenty-eight new GranuFlo® lawsuits have been filed in federal court for inclusion in MDL 2428. As a result, and according to the most recent case list released by the JPML, 229 GranuFlo® lawsuits are currently pending in MDL 2428. Plaintiffs in these lawsuits allege serious injuries, including heart attacks, strokes, and even death as a result of using GranuFlo®. Plaintiffs also allege that the manufacturer, Fresenius, failed to adequately warn dialysis patients and medical providers about these problems.
GranuFlo®, along with NaturaLyte®, is an acid concentrate diluted to clean a patient’s blood during dialysis treatment. It is alleged that the formula used with these drugs interferes with the bicarbonate conversion process, resulting in an amount of bicarbonate (a carbonic acid salt) that exceeds the amount prescribed by the doctor. On June 27, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I Recall of the drug after a whistleblower leaked an internal memorandum to the FDA. According to The New York Times, the internal memo revealed Fresenius had conducted an internal study in 2010 and found that 941 patients in one-third of its clinics suffered cardiac arrest during dialysis treatments involving GranuFlo® or NaturaLyte®. The company concluded that these patients, with high levels of bicarbonate in their blood, had about six times the risk of cardiac arrest as those with lower levels.
If you or a loved one has experienced serious – even fatal – injuries from GranuFlo®, contact the experienced pharmaceutical attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP [http://www.uselaws.com] toll-free at 1-800-873-5297. We will confidentially evaluate your case for free and without any obligation.
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