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Lawsuit Says Fresenius Failed to Test Safety of its Dialysis Products
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Lawsuit Says Fresenius Failed to Test Safety of its Dialysis Products

By Robert J. Boumis

 


Fresenius Medical Care lawsuitRobert Hudnall of West Virginia is suing Fresenius Medical Care, alleging that their dialysis products caused him severe and permanent injuries. He says Fresenius failed to perform sufficient tests, if any, concerning GranuFlo’s and NaturaLyte’s potential to cause grave health consequences, including death, heart attack, hypokalemia, hypoxemia, hypercapnia, cardiac arrhythmias and/or hypotension during clinical trials.


According to the lawsuit, Hudnall underwent dialysis in September 2011 with Fresenius products, including GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. Afterwards, Hudnall experienced elevated levels of bicarbonate in the blood, a condition called metabolic alkalosis. 

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Husband Files GranuFlo Lawsuit Following Wife’s Death
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Husband Files GranuFlo Lawsuit Following Wife’s Death

By Jessica Tyner

 


GranuFlo LawsuitJohnny Fortune has filed a GranuFlo lawsuit on behalf of his late wife, Shirley Fortune, who died during dialysis treatment at Fresenius Medical Care. Fresenius Medical Care is both the maker of GranuFlo and the operator of the most kidney dialysis centers in the United States.
 
Johnny filed his GranuFlo lawsuit on August 27, 2013, following the death of his wife, who “was prescribed GranuFlo and/or NaturaLyte three times a week beginning in approximately 1998. On or about September 4, 2010, Plaintiff underwent knee surgery at University Hospital in Jackson, MS. While at University Hospital, Decedent Shirley Fortune received approximately three hemodialysis treatments at University Hospital. Upon information and belief, she was provided with Granuflo and/or NaturaLyte during these treatments. On September 11, 2010, Shirley Fortune suffered a cardiac arrest and died,” the lawsuit says.

GranuFlo was recalled in 2012, but that was too late for the Fortunes. At the time, Johnny had no idea that GranuFlo was the cause of his wife’s death -- the information about the GranuFlo risks hadn’t been leaked yet. However, when he became aware of the link, and that his wife was one of many GranuFlo victims, he decided to take action. There are a number of other similar drugs that his wife could have been given that don’t cause such a high risk of cardiac arrest. In fact, there’s evidence that Fresenius intentionally kept the GranuFlo side effects under wraps, according to the lawsuit.

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Daughter Sues Fresenius Medical Care for Mother’s Death
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Daughter Sues Fresenius Medical Care for Mother’s Death

By Jessica Tyner

 

dialysis heart attack deathPlaintiff Jenifer Johnson is suing Fresenius Medical Care over the death of her mother, Eunice Broomfield. According to her lawsuit, Broomfield suffered a severe adverse cardiovascular event and cardiovascular death on or about June 27, 2012, allegedly caused by the Fresenius dialysis products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte.

Johnson’s GranuFlo lawsuit says that “Due to the negligent, intentional, willful, wanton, fraudulent, and/or otherwise culpable conduct of the Defendants alleged herein, the Plaintiff, the Decedent, Decedent's treating physicians and/or healthcare providers did not discover, nor did they have reason to discover, the serious and severe health risks associated with using NaturaLyte/GranuFlo, until the products were recalled by the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) on June 27, 2012.”
 
Fortunately these dangerous drugs are no longer on the market, but it’s too late for victims like Johnson and her mother. 

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Widow Sues Fresenius Over GranuFlo/NaturaLyte Complications
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Widow Sues Fresenius Over GranuFlo/NaturaLyte Complications

By Robert J. Boumis

 


Fresenius Medical Care dialysis deathLaCrystal Rymer is suing Fresenius over the death of her husband, James D. Rymer. Rymer allegedly died after undergoing kidney dialysis with Fresenius medical products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. The GranuFlo lawsuit states that James Rymer suffered from a “severe adverse cardiovascular event” in April 2012 after having dialysis with the Fresenius products.

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Potential GranuFlo Class Action Lawsuit Filed in California
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Potential GranuFlo Class Action Lawsuit Filed in California

By John Curran

 

Fresenius GranuFlo class action lawsuitA state complaint filed on August 23 in California has joined similar litigation in Pennsylvania in seeking class certification for a group of plaintiffs who have filed GranuFlo wrongful death lawsuits. Counts include violations of California statutes regarding consumer legal remedies, unfair competition and false advertising as well as deceit by concealment and unjust enrichment.

According to the potential class action lawsuit, Fresenius Medical Care received approval for the hemodialysis chemicals GranuFlo and NaturaLyte in 2000. However, almost as soon as the products were launched, problems allegedly emerged and "Fresenius issued several internal memos to own clinics and their respective directors starting in the year 2000." 

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