Personal injury lawyers handling medical malpractice lawsuits understand the plight of patients who are made to suffer additional illnesses as a result of side effects of medications prescribed to them. Besides the unexpected bodily, emotional, and mental anguish caused by these side effects, those who are injured or made ill by a medical product often have to cope with substantial financial consequences, as well.
GranuFlo, a dry acid product used to cleanse the bloodstream of damaging substances during kidney dialysis, is known to cause severe side effects in some patients, including stroke, risk of heart attack or, worst of all, sudden death. When the kidneys no longer function well, compounds that can help eliminate acids and other harmful matter in the bloodstream become highly essential. Though GranuFlo seemed to have done the job of cleansing the kidney, the complications it causes have been found to be excessively dangerous. And worse, despite the continuous increase in health problems this product showed from 2004 – 2011, Fresenius Medical Care, its manufacturer, ignored all these and still continued to aggressively market the product.
In 2010, approximately 941 (from 667 clinics owned and managed by Fresenius) patients suffered unexpected heart attacks during dialysis treatment using GranuFlo. Detailed information regarding the incidents and the risks associated with the use of the product was compiled and distributed by Fresenius, but only to its own clinics, excluding all other dialysis clinics across the US in the list of recipients. Cessation of the use of the product probably started only on March 29, 2012, after the US Food and Drug Administration issued a Class 1 recall, the most serious form of recall the FDA can issue.
It seems that Fresenius chose to ignore the obvious and severe complications GranuFlo is associated with, in spite of ample evidence of these problems. But whether their actions were intentional or not, the fact remains that lives have been severely affected, and Fresenius is legally responsible for the consequences.
If you or anyone you know has suffered or is suffering due to this product from Fresenius Medical Care, which was declared effectively safe, you should know that a GranuFlo lawsuit may be the best means available to help you get the compensation you deserve for your damages. There are GranuFlo lawsuit lawyers who will exercise total dedication in representing you and in fighting for your rights. Do not hesitate; call a lawyer today.