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Fresenius fights wrongful death lawsuits involving GranuFlo, NaturaLyte

Fresenius USA Inc., is trying to shake one of hundreds of lawsuits consolidated in a multidistrict litigation alleging its dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte can cause patients to suffer fatal cardiopulmonary arrest. The dialysis products and services giant claims a woman’s death occurred after the company warned patients of heart risks with the products. Celia D. Ware filed a failure-to-warn claim in Mississippi after her sister died in January 2014 after undergoing dialysis treatment in which the dialysis concentrates were used. Ware’s lawsuit claims that a dosing error with GranuFlo and NaturaLyte caused too much bicarbonate to build up in ... Read More

Fresenius faces more lawsuits alleging injuries, death with GranuFlo, NaturaLyte dialysis products

Fresenius Medical Care has been slapped with new lawsuits on behalf of the estates of 11 people who allege the company’s dialysis treatments caused them injuries and deaths. Fresenius, the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services, makes dry acid concentrates labeled as GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. The products are used to help balance electrolytes in patients’ blood who are undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney failure. GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are used in both Fresenius-owned and non-Fresenius-owned dialysis clinics nationwide. The products contain an ingredient that metabolizes in the body into a substance known as bicarbonate. Fresenius discovered that dosing instructions ... Read More

Documentary shows stark reality of kidney disease, particularly for high-risk African Americans

African Americans are at an increased risk of kidney disease, and retired videographer Ron Minor wants people to know that lifestyle changes can literally help save lives. Minor, who had a kidney transplant five years ago, created a documentary titled, “I Didn’t Know,” that takes a stark look at the challenges a person with kidney disease faces, from dialysis to kidney transplants, with many people dying while waiting on a kidney. Minor draws a line between the obesity epidemic in America and high rates of related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease among African Americans – all factors ... Read More

Louisiana AG lawsuit claims Fresenius products caused fatal heart attacks in dialysis patients

The Louisiana Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Fresenius Medical Care North America and the nearly 100 Fresenius-owned dialysis clinics in the state alleging that its dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte contributed to fatal heart attacks of dialysis patients. The lawsuit, filed in state district court in Baton Rouge, claims Fresenius violated Louisiana law and attempted to defraud dialysis clinics, physicians, the state and its residents with confusing labeling on its dialysis products, which resulted in patients suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Louisiana seeks civil penalties of $5,000 per violation and is asking the court to force Fresenius to pay ... Read More

Another wrongful death lawsuit filed against Fresenius related to dialysis product

Another wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services. The lawsuit alleges that a woman died after using two products created by the company during her dialysis treatment. Shirley Harris underwent dialysis treatment during which she received GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, two dialysate products made by Fresenius. The lawsuit alleges the products were improperly labeled, which caused her and other patients to experience significant health problems including heart attack, cardiopulmonary arrest, stroke, and/or sudden cardiac death. The lawsuit was filed by Shirley’s husband, Phillip, who claims the company failed to ... Read More

Dialysis clinic closes following two infection-related deaths

Bessemer Kidney Center, one of about a dozen dialysis clinics owned by Fresenius Medical Care North America, recently was shut down after a report by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) noting multiple infection-control deficiencies and citing two infection-related deaths. The report also referenced infection-controlled deficiencies during the past two years at 11 other Fresenius-owned dialysis clinics throughout the state. The majority of deficiencies were related to infection control, disinfection, hand washing or glove use. The Bessemer Kidney Center was cited in an inspection report dated May 15, 2012, which found deficiencies for infection control, glove use and disinfection ... Read More

Vitamin D supplements may prevent vascular access complications in dialysis patients with diabetes

Dialysis patients with type 2 diabetes who take vitamin D supplements are less likely to have complications with vascular access than those who do not take the supplements, a new study shows. Vascular access is the delivery process for patients receiving hemodialysis. It often involves surgically creating a fistula or graft to connect an artery to a vein to provide a thicker entry for dialysis. In some cases a catheter may be used. There are only few sites on the body where access is done, which means keeping access available is critical for dialysis patients. However, vascular access for dialysis ... Read More

Dialysis patients have more hip fractures but the injury is less likely to be deadly than in the past

Older dialysis patients are at greater risk of hip fracture than they were two decades ago, but they are less likely to be deadly then they were years ago, according to a new study presented at the National Kidney Foundation meeting. Researchers used Medicare records from 1996 through 2009, reviewing outcomes involving hip fractures in more than 400,000 people. They found the hip fracture rate in dialysis patients has risen throughout the years. It currently is 25 percent higher than it was in 1996, with an incidence rate of 29.3 events per 1,000 person-years. However, the 30-day death rate after ... Read More

Dry, itchy skin causes dialysis patients to skip appointments for treatment

Dialysis patients who feel itchy are less likely to keep their appointments, which can make patients more susceptible to serious health complications including heart problems and infections, new research shows. Dry, itchy skin, also known as pruritus, is a problem that affects dialysis patients, but no one really understands why. Because it is not considered a life threatening condition, pruritus has often been overlooked by health care professionals more concerned with more serious complications. However, in the past couple of years dialysis organizations have taken more of an interest in quality of life issues with patients since those issues are ... Read More

Study: Fresenius blood volume product increases risk of death in critically ill patients

A product made by Fresenius and B. Braun Holding to increase blood volume in critically ill patients increases the risk of death and kidney damage and should no longer be used, a researcher with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine recommended. Hydroxyethyl starch solution, also known as colloid fluid or crystalloid fluid, is used to stabilize patients with low blood pressure caused by conditions such as dehydration, blood loss, shock, and organ damage from blood infections. Hydroxyethyl starch is widely used in Europe, the UK and Canada, but not as popular in the U.S. An alternative fluid for ... Read More