Granuflo/ NaturaLyte Cases:  The Phillips Law Firm has taken the lead in California state court. They filed the first cases against Fresenius Medical Care, the manufacturer of Granuflo and Naturalyte dialysis products.  The FDA recalled Granuflo and Naturalyte in 2012. Action was taken because they found the products significantly increase the risk of sudden cardiac death in dialysis patients.

Phillips Law Firm

The Phillips Law Firm has filed numerous cases against Fresenius on behalf of victims seriously injured or killed by Fresenius’s Granuflo product.  In March 2013, the firm filed a special motion against the California Judicial Council. And the intention was to coordinate the California state court lawsuits and place them before the Los Angeles Superior Court for unified management and trial.  The Judicial Council granted the motion and consolidated the cases in L.A. Superior Court.  It appointed L.A. Superior Court Presiding Justice Lee Smalley Edmon as the coordination and trial judge.  This consolidated action is called a Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding (JCCP).

Judge Lee Smalley Edmon is the first female ever appointed Presiding Judge of Los Angeles Superior Court.  She was appointed in 2011.

In addition to the California JCCP, almost 200 Granuflo/ NaturaLyte cases against Fresenius have been consolidated before the Federal District Court in Massachusetts.  This multi-district litigation, called an MDL, is assigned to the Honorable Douglas Woodlock.

In addition to the MDL in the Massachusetts federal court and the JCCP in California, there is also a coordinated proceeding in the Massachusetts state courts.


Fresenius Medical Care

Fresenius Medical Care is the largest manufacturer of dialysis products. They own thousands of dialysis clinics in the United States and throughout the world.  The Fresenius litigation stems from products it manufactures and distributes called Granuflo (a powdered acid concentrate) and NaturaLyte (a liquid acid concentrate).  These solutions are used during hemodialysis.  The lawsuits against Fresenius allege that these products can dangerously increase a dialysis patient’s bicarbonate levels. It can cause hypokalemia, hypoxemia, hypercapnia, cardiac arrhythmia. Other side effects also include cardiac arrest, and sometimes death while the patient is undergoing dialysis or shortly thereafter.

According to attorneys representing the victims, for almost a decade, Fresenius knew, or should have known, that these products presented a dangerous risk to dialysis patients. They either failed to properly warn the dialysis clinics, or worse. They potentially intentionally withheld information from the clinics utilizing the solutions, leading to unnecessary injuries and deaths.

FDA Response

The FDA issued its Class One recall of Granuflo and NaturaLyte on March 29, 2012. The FDA took action after an internal Fresenius memo outlining the dangers of these products was leaked to the FDA.  The memo documented that in 2010, 941 Fresenius clinic patients receiving dialysis in which Granuflo was used suffered cardiac arrest.

According to the FDA’s website, “Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall. They involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”

If you or someone you know suffered cardiac arrest or death while receiving, or shortly after receiving, dialysis, please call Phillips Grossman toll-free at 1-800-530-9800 for a no-cost evaluation by an attorney experienced in dialysis litigation.

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