Fresenius GranuFlo® & NaturaLyte® Dialysis Products Recalled

Fresenius GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® acid concentrates are products used in hemodialysis. Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) is the largest dialysis clinic operator in the world. It uses these products in its clinics and sells them to other dialysis clinics. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® in March, 2012, but the products are still in use today. If you have suffered heart attack or other health problems due to GranuFlo® or NaturaLyte® use in dialysis our Arizona drug recall attorneys can help you get just compensation.

Metabolic Alkalosis

Neutralizing acid in the blood to restore the proper ph level is an important part of dialysis. The problem with GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® is that the ingredients are different from those in similar products leading to improper dosing. This can result in blood that is too alkaline and a dangerous condition called metabolic alkalosis.

Metabolic alkalosis can cause:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Hypokalemia (low potassium in the blood)
  • Hypoxemia (too little oxygen in the blood)
  • Hypercapnia (too much carbon dioxide in the blood)
  • Cardiac arrhythmia

If metabolic alkalosis is not treated properly, or if it goes overlooked it can result in:

  • Heart attack
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Sudden cardiac death

Symptoms of metabolic alkalosis include:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Twitching
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Slowed breathing
  • Episodes of apnea (not breathing) which may last 15 seconds or longer
  • Cyanosis – blue or purple tinge to the skin or under the fingernails
  • Convulsions
  • Coma

If you live in Arizona and have been injured by GranuFlo® or NaturaLyte®, or lost a loved one to the harmful effects of these products please contact our Arizona drug recall attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) today. You may be entitled to compensation for your injury and losses. We are here to help.

Protecting Yourself against Complications of the Trans-Vaginal Mesh Sling

The trans-vaginal mesh sling is a special device to hold a woman’s pelvic organs in place to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. However, this treatment has been associated with a number of complications, from bleeding and pain to bladder infections and the need for additional surgery.

An Arizona trans-vaginal mesh sling attorney can help you move forward with a claim if you were injured by this device.

If a Trans-Vaginal Sling is Recommended

If your doctor recommends a trans-vaginal mesh sling, be sure he or she:

  • Has specialized training on how to place the mesh sling and is aware of the risks associated with placement.
  • Informs you about the potential for serious complications and the possible effect on your quality of life (such as vaginal scarring and pain during sexual intercourse.
  • Provides you with a written copy of the patient labeling from the surgical mesh manufacturer

As a patient, you should:

  • Know that the trans-vaginal surgical mesh is permanent, and that complications associated with this medical device may require another surgery that may or may not fix the problem.
  • Be watchful for potential adverse reactions to the mesh sling, such as pain or unusual bleeding or drainage.

If you have suffered an injury because of a trans-vaginal mesh sling, please call or contact our Arizona trans-vaginal mesh sling attorneys immediately at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732).