People who have been diagnosed with kidney failure must seek treatment or otherwise face rapidly declining health and potential death. Although one option is to get a kidney transplant, this can be very difficult to do, not to mention prohibitively expensive. As such, many people are unable to pursue this path of treatment, but instead choose dialysis as a way to better maintain their health in the face of kidney failure.
There are a number of different types of dialysis, but the most commonly used one is hemodialysis. Hemodialysis is the filtering of a person’s blood through a machine, during which the blood is treated with a variety of substances, to rid it of harmful and excess products that it can no longer filter out itself. Depending on a person’s situation, they may have a buildup of harmful acids. In this case a patient will need a substance that neutralizes these acids. Many people in this situation, therefore, had GranuFlo, a dry acid concentrate, used in their dialysis procedures. GranuFlo, a product designed by Fresenius, was designed to neutralize harmful acids by converting to bicarbonates; however, it contained too much of this substance, causing a harmful buildup of bicarbonates instead.
As a result of the excessive level of bicarbonates in a person’s system, many patients found themselves suffering from serious health and heart problems, such as the following:
Because of the serious consequences these repercussions of using GranuFlo can have and the duty to its consumers of providing a safe product that Fresenius had, many people have made the decision to pursue a GranuFlo lawsuit in an effort to hold this product manufacturer responsible and get much-needed compensation for their suffering. Currently, the company is facing a number of lawsuits, particularly from families who have lost loved ones due to their negligence.