Legal Action Against Fresenius Draws Nearer Over GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® Controversy
NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –The FDA’s Class-I recall of dialysis drugs GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, issued in June of 2012, is just one of the many troubling developments against Fresenius Medical Care, America’s leading dialysis treatment provider. The controversy was sparked after an anonymous informant leaked an internal memo that Fresenius had circulated to its privately owned dialysis treatment centers in November of 2011. In the memo, Fresenius warned of an increased risk of cardiopulmonary arrest and sudden cardiac death related to its GranuFlo and NaturaLyte products, stressing to their doctors that “this issue needs to be addressed urgently.”
Despite the potential danger to patients undergoing dialysis treatment with Fresenius’s products, the information was not made available to the wider public until March of 2012, and only after the internal memo had been leaked to the FDA. Since then, The New York Times reported that the FDA had opened an investigation into Fresenius in order to determine whether or not the company violated federal regulations requiring the company to notify customers of potential dangers associated with their product. Nearly two weeks later, on June 27th, the FDA issued the Class-I recall, the most serious recall of its kind, of both GranuFlo and NaturaLyte.
The German based Fresenius is the largest operator of hemodialysis treatment centers in the country, providing dialysis treatment to over 400,000 Americans a year, a number that amounts to one third of all dialysis patients in the United States. It is this status as the leading service provider for hemodialysis treatment that has made their oversight more troublesome.
Christopher Seeger, partner at Seeger Weiss LLP, says that from the facts he’s encountered, it appears to be a case of a corporation putting profits ahead of the consumers’ health. “By not advising the FDA, the medical community and dialysis patients as soon as possible about the dangers of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, Fresenius made the decision to put profits ahead of patient safety. They aren’t the first pharmaceutical company to make that decision and, unfortunately, they won’t be the last.”
Mr. Seeger goes on to say that Fresenius’s ability to have prevented damage to patients by acting swiftly in the face of their findings makes the case even more troubling. “You would not expect a company that makes millions of dollars a year from dialysis patients to knowingly put those patients at risk for serious injuries, including death, but that’s exactly what Fresenius did. Fresenius was in a position to prevent these injuries but chose not to do so. They must be held accountable.”
As industry leaders with decades of experience successfully prosecuting injury cases and recovering large financial awards, the partners at Seeger Weiss LLP have the expertise to provide just compensation for individuals who have suffered injuries as the result of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. If you or a loved one has suffered from cardiac arrest, heart attack, or other illnesses following dialysis, visit http://www.seegerweiss.com/granuflo-lawsuit/ or call 888.584.0411 for a free case evaluation.
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SOURCE Seeger Weiss LLP