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Stryker to pay up to $1.1 billion to resolve metal hip lawsuits

Medical device maker Stryker Corp. says it expects to pay up to $1.1 billion to settle personal injury lawsuits stemming from a 2012 recall of two of the company’s metal hip implants. The amount is more than twice what the company previously estimated it would have to pay to resolve the lawsuits. In July 2012, Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems because of concerns that the devices could fret or corrode inside the body, which could damage surrounding tissue and cause pain and inflammation. Last July the company in a securities filing said it estimated the costs ... Read More

Fresenius urges dialysis patients to get flu shots despite mounting GranuFlo lawsuits

Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services, is strongly encouraging dialysis patients to get a flu shot. The company is even offering free flu vaccinations to all of its dialysis patients and employees, a generous offer considering the company’s poor track record with communicating important health issues to patients and staff. The company is currently facing numerous wrongful death, personal injury and false advertising lawsuits stemming from its dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. The products are used to help balance electrolytes in the blood during dialysis. One of the ingredients in the solutions converts to ... Read More

Fresenius to open dialysis clinic in McCalla, Ala.

Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis services and products, will open a dialysis clinic in McCalla, Ala. The facility is expected to be be in operation by May or June 2014. The property, located near McAdory High School, was purchased by Southeast Medical McCalla LLC. Construction on a one-story medical office building is expected to start sometime in October. Fresenius operates dialysis clinics throughout the country and provides dialysis products, such as dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, for both Fresenius-owned and non-Fresenius clinics. The company is facing numerous wrongful death, personal injury and false advertising lawsuits involving ... Read More

Daughter’s death in building collapse prompts Philadelphia official to file lawsuit

Philadelphia’s city Treasurer and her husband have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several parties implicated in the June 5 building collapse that killed their daughter and five other people in an adjoining Salvation Army thrift store. According to Law 360, Philadelphia Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband John Bryan filed their complaint Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the Philadelphia Court of Common pleas, where STB Investments Corp., the Salvation Army, and others face a number of other wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuits in connection with the collapse, which additionally injured 13. Anne Bryan, a 24-year-old painting student at the Pennsylvania Academy ... Read More

Fresenius faces false advertising lawsuit over dialysis products GranuFlo, NaturaLyte

Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services, faces a false advertising lawsuit alleging improper instructions on its dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte caused serious adverse events including heart attack, stroke and death. The lawsuit claims that Fresenius knowingly concealed the serious health risks associated with the products. Plaintiffs allege Fresenius continued to market and profit from sales of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte even after it learned that the product had been associated with heart problems including cardiac arrhythmia and sudden cardiac arrest. Fresenius also faces hundreds of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits stemming from improper ... Read More

DaVita faces lawsuits over Fresenius dialysis products GranuFlo, NaturaLyte

Four class action lawsuits have been filed against national dialysis provider DaVita Healthcare alleging that improper use of dialysis concentrates caused serious adverse health consequences in patients receiving treatment at the facility. The lawsuits claim that the products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte were administered in doses that caused bicarbonate toxicity, a condition that can cause metabolic alkalosis, which can lead to low blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, heart attacks, and sudden cardiac arrest. GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are made by Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis services and products. They are used in Fresenius clinics as well as other dialysis ... Read More

Son of woman killed in Philadelphia building collapse files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a woman killed when a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed on top of a Salvation Army thrift store has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the collapsed buildings and those who were involved in the demolition. The lawsuit is the second wrongful death complaint to be filed in connection with the June 5 disaster, which killed six people and injured 13 others, some critically. Roseline Conteh, a mother of eight children who moved to Philadelphia from Sierra Leone, was shopping at the Salvation Army thrift store when the adjacent apartment building collapsed on top ... Read More

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

Woman’s creaking hip was first sign of trouble with defective hip implant

Judy White felt her body was as fragile as an eggshell when she walked across her garden or knelt down to pick up a flower pot. The creaking that radiated from her leg made her even more concerned that the “worn out” hip she had replaced in order to make her more mobile might have actually caused her more harm that good. White, who had received the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL metal-on-metal hip replacement system, had to undergo revision surgery to have her faulty hip implant replaced. When White learned that the device that had been implanted in her body ... Read More