GranuFlo is a medical product made and sold by Fresenius Medical Care. It is the most widely prescribed dry acid product and contains a mix of electrolytes and dry sodium diacetate.1 However, GranuFlo is now the subject of personal injury lawsuits due to unforeseen side effects and death. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about GranuFlo and dialysis injury.
What is GranuFlo used for?
What is dialysis?
Dialysis is used when the kidneys are damaged in order to take their place filtering the blood.4 Bicarbonate is used as a neutralizing agent for the acid that builds up in the blood from metabolism. GranuFlo dialysis solution contains a chemical that is converted into bicarbonate in the body.3
What are the side effects of GranuFlo?
GranuFlo has adverse effects when not used appropriately. Inappropriate levels of the acetate in GranuFlo can cause an overprescription of additional bicarbonate, causing the concentration of bicarbonate in the patient to increase to abnormal levels.3 This potentially causes metabolic alkalosis, which can lead to low blood pressure, hypokalemia (low potassium levels5), hypoxemia (low blood oxygen6), high carbon dioxide levels in the blood, and abnormal heart rhythms.7
How does injury occur with GranuFlo dialysis?
The side effects of GranuFlo can lead to death by causing cardiac arrest. The increased bicarbonate levels have also been associated with increased risk of heart attacks.2
Finding a GranuFlo attorney
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class One recall of the product in March 2012.7 Lawsuits have already been filed against Fresenius Medical Care for failing to warn health care providers and consumers about the potential risks associated with GranuFlo. Some have involved heart attacks and death after receiving GranuFlo dialysis.2 If you or a loved has been injured by the misuse of GranuFlo dialysis solution, a personal injury attorney experienced with GranuFlo cases can review your specific case and determine if you have cause for compensation from the manufacturer. Contact a GranuFlo lawyer today.