GranuFlo is a drug prescribed to those with chronic kidney failure. Patients without working kidneys must undergo a procedure called hemodialysis. During the process, GranuFlo is used in this process to neutralize the normal buildup of acid in the blood.
Unfortunately, this has proven to be a risky procedure, since it can result in serious side effects, including fatal heart attacks.
Harmful Side Effects
In a 2010 study, Fresenius, the manufacturer of GranuFlo, found that one thousand patients suffered heart attacks after dialysis at their clinics. The company became aware that excess bicarbonate was created in users, which could lead to sudden death from heart attack, stroke, and other complications. The company did not warn the public or physicians outside of their dialysis centers about these proven risks.
Severe side effects of GranuFlo include:
- cardiac arrest
- heart attacks
- sudden cardiac death
- other side effects within 24 hours of a dialysis treatment
In 2012, the FDA issued a Class I recall for the drug, warning patients that use could result in death.
Your Legal Options
Many patients and families affected by the harmful side effects of GranuFlo claim that Fresenius misled customers about the safety of the medication. Despite knowing about the dangers associated with GranuFlo use, Fresenius continued to market and sell the dangerous drug.
If you or someone you know has suffered cardiac arrest or other heart problems after taking GranuFlo, contact Brayton Purcell LLP today. You might be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more from those responsible for your condition.