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DaVita Healthcare Clinics (DaVita) is one of two players in the GranuFlo and NaturaLyte portfolio. The other is Fresenius Medical Care, the manufacturer of the two dialysis products and a competitor with DaVita in the dialysis market. Both operate scores of dialysis clinics and are competing for market share.
DaVita is also the target of a GranuFlo class-action lawsuit for its role in allegedly putting dialysis patients at risk with regard to alkali dosing errors inherent with GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. DaVita, it should be noted, was also the subject of a federal investigation with regard to an alleged doctor kickback scheme – and the firm has also faced allegations of wage improprieties involving its employees.
On June 27, 2012 the FDA recalled the two leading bicarbonate additives used during kidney dialysis since 2003. These products, GranuFlo and Naturalyte, can cause cardiac arrest and stroke in dialysis patients. If you or a loved one are on kidney dialysis and suffered cardiac arrest or stroke after 2003, please call 1-800-279-6996 and fill out the contact form at www.dialysisrecall.com to determine whether you have a claim.
This office is also investigating the stock losses which occurred to the company selling these products: Frenesius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA (stock symbol: FMS). If you own shares of FMS, please call the same number and fill out the contact form to determine your right to recover your losses.
Please complete a contact form at www.dialysisrecall.com or call 1-800-279-6996 if you need more information and to join the lawsuit.
Joseph R. Santoli, Esq. 340 Devon Court Ridgewood NJ 07450-1810 1-800-279-6996
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lawyersandsettlements.com September 9, 2013, 01:30:00PM. By Jane Mundy
Laguna Niguel, CA: Sons and daughters of parents believed to have suffered cardiac arrest, stroke, respiratory issues and other health problems linked to the use of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte administered at DaVita Healthcare Centers are now considering a DaVita and Fresenius lawsuit.
Although Henry’s mother died in the hospital from cardiac arrest, he knows she was given GranuFlo during dialysis treatments at a DaVita Center. “My mother started dialysis in 2007, and she went to the DaVita Center three times a week without fail,” says Henry. “She got sick about two weeks before she died and was given hemodialysis at her bedside in the hospital. Her blood pressure went down and she stopped breathing; they put her on a respirator and sent her to ICU where she stayed just a few days. Her doctor called to tell me she had massive brain bleeding and passed away.
If you or a loved one has experienced this contact us. We’ll answer your questions.
The FDA has issued a Class I Recall for GranuFlo and NaturaLyte Dialysis Products manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care. This FDA Action Follows Revelation that Over 900 Patients Suffered Cardiac Arrest at Fresenius Dialysis Clinics in 2010. According to the company, GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are Associated with Elevated Bicarbonate Levels, a Significant Risk Factor for Cardiac Arrest. Other non Fresenius clinics have had similar problems.
Metabolic Alkalosis in ESRD Patients using Granuflo may include:
Irregular Heart Beat
Cyanosis (bluish or purplish discoloration of the skin from lack of oxygen)
Rapid Heart Rate
Drop in Blood Pressure
Renal Failure Consequences of Increased Bicarbonate Levels for Patients
Increased bicarbonate levels in the body can lead to a number of potentially serious health issues, such as:
Hypokalemia (Low blood potassium)
Hypoxemia (Low blood oxygen)
Hypercapnia (Too much carbon dioxide in the blood)