Immediately after Beverly Stockton received hemodialysis treatment at Fresenius Medical Care in Charleston, W.Va., she suffered cardiac arrest and died. Her husband James Stockton is suing Fresenius, the largest provider of dialysis products and services, for her wrongful death.
James’ lawsuit alleges that his wife was given the dialysis concentrate GranuFlo, which had confusing dosing instructions that caused his wife to receive toxic levels of bicarbonate, an ingredient in GranuFlo. Elevated bicarbonate can cause heart problems including sudden cardiac arrest.
The complaint claims that long before his wife received her fatal dose of GranuFlo, Fresenius executives had received, but disregarded, safety signals from various sources warning of the serious risks associated with the confusing labeling on the product.
“Her injury and death, like those striking thousands of similarly situated victims, were avoidable tragedies,” the complaint states. “This preventable loss of life resulted directly from defendants’ refusal to conduct proper safety studies, defective product design, suppression of information revealing life-threatening risks, wanton failure to provide adequate instructions, and willful misrepresentations concerning the nature and safety of their product.”
James’ lawsuit is one of hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed against Fresenius Medical Care that allege the company misrepresented the high bicarbonate levels in its product and mislead the public about the risks.
The global company provides dialysis treatment in more than 1,800 facilities and provides dialysis products, such as the concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, at hundreds of other non-Fresenius-owned clinics.
Source: West Virginia Record