By: Darrell Castle
Patients receive dialysis for severe kidney problems or kidney failure. Dialysis does what failing kidneys should be able to do but can’t: it removes waste; keeps blood chemicals like bicarbonate and potassium in balance; and helps maintain blood pressure.
In order to balance your body’s chemicals, most dialysis concentrates contain an ingredient your body converts into bicarbonate. Fresenius’ treatments use a powder product called Granuflo.
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Patients convert one ingredient (sodium acetate) in Granuflo into bicarbonate. The problem is, that ingredient can be dangerous in high doses.
Fresenius knowingly used more acetate in their product than competitors did; so doctors mistakenly overdosed their patients with Granuflo. Too much acetate causes alkalosis, which means the body’s pH levels are severely out of balance. It has also been linked to:
- Heart attack
- Other cardiac events
- Dangerously low blood pressure
Fresenius knew this product was dangerous and did not warn patients or doctors adequately. Our Tennessee dialysis injury lawyers are taking cases related to Granuflo and another Fresenius product called Naturalyte.
If you or a loved one received dialysis treatment and suffered from a cardiac event, stroke, or death within 72 hours or so after the procedure, you may be entitled to compensation.
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