GranuFlo FAQs

Given the sheer number of civil suits that have been filed against the manufacturer of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, there are a number questions you likely have. For some of the most frequently asked questions regarding GranuFlo and dangerous drug cases, please feel free to refer to this page. For answers to your specific questions, contact a dedicated GranuFlo lawyer.

What is GranuFlo used for?

GranuFlo is used in kidney dialysis systems. It’s a neutralizing agent (known as a dialysate) that helps filter waste from the blood. NaturaLyte does the same thing, but is in powdered form that is mixed with a neutral solution, usually saline, before being introduced into the dialysis process.

What are the side effects of GranuFlo?

Inappropriate levels of the GranuFlo acetate can cause an abnormally high, and unsafe, level of additional bicarbonates in the patient. This causes:

  • metabolic alkalosis – which can result in dangerously low blood pressure
  • hypokalemia (low potassium levels)
  • hypoxemia (low blood oxygen)
  • high carbon dioxide readings in the blood, along with abnormal heart rhythms

Any combination of these side effects can lead to a heart attack.

Have there been any studies of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dangers?

At the National Kidney Foundation’s Spring Clinical Meetings in 2011, a blue-ribbon panel of doctors and researchers presented results from evaluations of 50 hemodialysis patients who were hospitalized in October 2010 after receiving GranuFlo and/or NaturaLyte. Their conclusions revealed that 54 percent of the research patients had a serum bicarbonate level above that presented by patients with metabolic alkalosis.

Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMC), the manufacturer of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, alerted physicians and medical directors at its company-owned dialysis clinics in a November 2011 internal memo that its own research of GranuFlo “appeared to be contributing to a sharp increase in the risk of patients dying suddenly from cardiac arrest,” according to the New York Times. This information was not released to the FDA or medical community until March of 2012. You can view a copy of the internal memo here.

I hear both product names linked to dialysis problems.  Are they different?

GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are acid concentrates used in the hemodialysis process. Granuflo is the most-widely prescribed dry acid product in the dialysis industry. Fresenius is currently experiencing extensive litigation due to the side effects suffered by a large number of patients using GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. These side effects include, but are not limited to:

  • Sudden Cardiac Death
  • Heart Attach
  • Stroke

Should a victim file a lawsuit?

Filing a civil complaint against the manufacturer of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte is unlikely to reverse what has happened to you or a family member. However, a successful lawsuit can help lighten the financial burden triggered by your need for extensive medical care related to the dangerous side effects. Civil suits also further encourage companies like Fresenius to halt negligent behavior and correct business practices that can result in serious injury, and sometimes death, to members of the unsuspecting public.

Should I go to court or accept a settlement?

Since GranuFlo and NaturaLyte were recalled by Fresenius Medical Care, many victims have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer for injuries they themselves have suffered or on behalf of a deceased family member who died after receiving the chemicals during their kidney dialysis treatment.

We have a family member who is in the hospital recovering from a heart attack from a dialysis session. What should we do?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class 1 recall of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte in March of 2012. Lawsuits have been filed against Fresenius for failing to warn the medical community and consumers about the potential risks associated with GranuFlo. Some have involved heart attacks and death. A personal injury attorney experienced with these cases can review your events and verify if you have cause to file a lawsuit against the drugs’ German manufacturer.

What will it cost to talk to a GranuFlo / NaturaLyte injury lawyer?

A GranuFlo / NaturaLyte  lawyer will most likely offer their initial consultation free of charge and you are not obligated to retain that attorney automatically. If you decide to pursue a claim, your attorney may agree to payment on a contingency basis, meaning he or she will not take payment unless you are successful in civil claim.