Plaintiffs continue to come forward, accusing Fresenius Medical Care of failing to inform patients about the risks involved with GranuFlo. This medical powder used in kidney dialysis treatment to help clean the blood of patients. Now, there are around 5,500 GranuFlo injury cases, many of which were filed in U.S. District Court in Boston and Middlesex Superior Court in Massachusetts. Fresenius is based in Waltham, MA.
GranuFlo has been linked to a greater risk of heart attack and metabolic alkalosis, which involves the body fluids having too much bicarbonate in the blood. Metabolic alkalosis can lead to more serious health issues, including hypoxemia, hypokalemia, high blood pressure, and cardiac arrhythmia.
Many of the Massachusetts defective medical device plaintiffs have noted that when Fresenius eventually told dialysis clinicians about the risks, it initially chose to only notify its own clinics. Their claims point to a company memo that Fresenius sent to its clinicians warning that the powder may cause cardiac event-related risks. Product labeling, which can lead to dosing errors, appears to be the main cause of this problem.