Pursuing A Granuflo Lawsuit Due To Side Effects

by Terry Bryant

A person may file a GranuFlo lawsuit if he or she, or a loved one, has suffered from the side effects of this once popular kidney dialysis drug.  Litigation is possible due to allegations that the drug’s manufacturer, Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), failed to warn a vast number of doctors and patients in dialysis centers that were using the chemical.  While the company did publish a memo in 2010 that linked 941 cardiac arrests to side effects caused by the drug, this memo was primarily circulated among dialysis clinics that were owned by the manufacturer.  As there are over 5700 such centers in the country serving over 400,000 kidney patients, many feel the manufacturer to be liable on the basis of what is known as “failure to warn.”

To pursue a GranuFlo lawsuit, a kidney patient would need to evidence one of the many side effects that have been linked to the chemical.  These include, but are not limited to, stroke, cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmia, and cardiopulmonary arrest.  A person may also want to pursue compensation for a wrongful death of a loved one who was undergoing dialysis treatment and died from a heart attack or stroke as a possible result of the drug’s use.

Reports have also indicated that improper dosage of the drug is also a compounding factor in the severity of side effects.  Inappropriate amounts can lead to high bicarbonate levels in the blood that can contribute to known side effects.  All of these things factor into litigation that can be filed, if appropriate, by a drug injury attorney who has experience in medical and similar litigation regarding drug side effects and possible wrongful death.