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Family Alleges Husband, Father Died From GranuFlo Side Effects
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Family Alleges Husband, Father Died From GranuFlo Side Effects

By John Curran

 


GranuFlo NaturaLyte LawsuitIn a GranuFlo wrongful death lawsuit removed to U.S. District Court in Mississippi on September 10, Ettie Fay Ervin says that the death of her husband Jerry would have been avoidable had Fresenius Medical Care properly assessed the risk of excess bicarbonates that led to cardiac arrest.


Jerry Ervin underwent treatment at a kidney dialysis center on April 1, 2003 and suffered from fatal NaturaLyte cardiac arrest side effects the same day. However, the GranuFlo lawsuit alleges that Fresenius should have known of the risks based on the fact that the dialysis chemicals included sodium acetate, a known precursor of bicarbonates linked to heart arrhythmias and other problems.

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Utah Man Files GranuFlo Lawsuit over Mother's Death
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Utah Man Files GranuFlo Lawsuit Over Mother's Death

By Amanda Antell

 

GranuFlo recall lawsuitUtah plaintiff Cordell Thompson is suing Fresenius Medical Care for the wrongful death of his mother, Rebecca Sharpe-Thompson, who died of sudden cardiac death after using the dialysis products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte during a routine treatment session.

Sharpe-Thompson began her dialysis treatment in 2010. On August 28, 2011, she suffered a severe heart attack, which resulted in her death. The day before, she had received her routine dialysis treatments of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. According to the GranuFlo lawsuit, at no point in time did Sharpe-Thompson or her physician have any knowledge of this possible occurrence. They had relied on the GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis products under the impression they were safe.

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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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Lawsuit Says Fresenius Dialysis Products Caused Lethal Alkalosis, Cardiac Arrest
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Lawsuit Says Fresenius Dialysis Products Caused Lethal Alkalosis, Cardiac Arrest

By Robert J. Boumis

 


GranuFlo Dialysis LawsuitWidowed plaintiff Cheryl Turman-Holland is suing Fresenius over the loss of her husband, Quentin Holland, who allegedly died after receiving dialysis with GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, dialysis products made by Fresenius Medical Care. 


After undergoing dialysis, Quentin Holland suffered from metabolic alkalosis, an elevation in the levels of bicarbonate in the blood. Alkalosis leads to hypotension (dangerously low blood pressure), hypokalemia (dangerously low levels of potassium ions in the blood), and cardiac arrest. 

When a patient has an elevated blood pH, it can set off a chain reaction within the patient’s blood chemistry. When the pH gets too high, the levels of potassium and other fluids in the blood decrease. Since muscle tissue needs potassium ions to function, this decrease causes pain and impairs muscle function. This impaired function can affect the cardiac muscles of the heart, leading to decreased heart function and possibly death.

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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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