Often, medical conditions and surgeries can lead patients to dialysis. Dialysis comes with hardships, medical supervision, and several prescription medications. There are many drugs on the market for dialysis, many used to correct specific needs. However, in 2012, two of these drugs, GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, have been issued a Class 1 recall from the FDA. The FDA reserves use of its Class 1 recalls for the most serious problems, making this an extremely dangerous issue.
GranuFlo and NaturaLyte were intended to clean the blood of dialysis patients. However, these medications have also been linked to an increased risk of cardiopulmonary arrest and sudden cardiac death. This was a risk that Fresenius Medical Care, the manufacturer, knew about even before doctors and patients were warned. Their report of the link only came out in 2012.
Patients on dialysis already require delicate care. Allowing patients to take such dangerous risks without them knowing is unacceptable. Please be safe and knowledgeable about prescribed medications, and if you or a loved one has suffered from heart issues or anything else while taking GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, contact a lawyer today.