Dialysis Medicine Injury
Certain kinds of dialysis medicine have recently been linked to cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death in dialysis patients.
What Is Dialysis?
Chronic kidney failure affects about 2 million individuals worldwide and the most common treatment for kidney failure is dialysis treatment. Dialysis is the process of removing excess water and waste from the blood and to provide an artificial replacement for the function of the kidneys.
How Can the Medicine Hurt Me?
The company Fresenius Medical Care (Fresenius) manufactures GranuFlo and Naturalyte, which are two products commonly used in dialysis. Naturalyte is a liquid acid concentrate, while Granuflo is a dry acid concentrate. Since Granuflo is a powder, it has a higher concentration of the chemical that produces bicarbonate during dialysis. When someone has an elevated level of bicarbonate in their blood, sudden cardiac arrests and other heart problems can occur.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating whether Fresenius failed to properly inform some kidney dialysis patients of their risk of cardiac arrest. The FDA issued an alert in May 2012 and centers have been checking patients’s bicarbonate levels since to prevent injuries from happening.
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Roberts & Roberts wants to help if you or a loved one believe you may have been harmed by Granuflo or Naturalyte. Contact us today for a free consultation.