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Fresenius delayed warning of deadly side effects from dialysis products GranuFlo, NaturaLyte

When Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services, issued a recall in March 2012 of its dialysis products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte in order to update dosing instructions on the safety labels, the company had known for months that the instructions were confusing and could lead to potentially deadly unintended overdoses of bicarbonate. According to RenalWEB, Fresenius management was first clued in to a possible connection between dosing errors with GranuFlo and cardiovascular-related deaths in dialysis patients as early as April 2009, during a 4-day professional conference. At that meeting, sudden cardiac death was identified as ... Read More

Lifestyle intervention does not reduce risk of heart attacks, strokes in type 2 diabetics

A controlled diet and exercise plan may help patients with type 2 diabetes lose weight, but the weight loss did not reduce their risk for having heart problems, a new study shows. The study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), looked at the long-term effects of healthy nutrition and exercise in overweight people with type 2 diabetes. More than 5,000 obese adults ages 45 to 76 with type 2 diabetes were followed for nearly 10 years. Half of the participants focused on lifestyle intervention through physical activity and low calorie intake, and the other half was given conventional ... Read More

The events leading up to the sudden death warning with GranuFlo dialysis product

What occurred within Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services? RenalWEB sought to find the answer to that question in the second part of a two-part series looking into the high number of cardiovascular-related deaths in dialysis patients allegedly tied to GranuFlo, a product made by Fresenius and used during hemodialysis treatments. The first story in the series explained the problem. GranuFlo, a dry acid concentrate, contains an ingredient that converts to bicarbonate in the body. Elevated levels of bicarbonate have been linked to cardiovascular events, including sudden cardiac death. GranuFlo contains more of ... Read More