Dialysis Products Causing Heart Attacks

Patients with acute or chronic kidney failure are often treated with hemodialysis, commonly referred to as dialysis. Dialysis does the job that the kidneys can no longer perform. Defective dialysis products GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® acid concentrates, made by Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), can cause heart attack and other serious or fatal heart problems. If you believe that your heart attack or heart problems may have been caused by GranuFlo® or NaturaLyte®, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please talk to our Arkansas drug recall attorneys right away to learn more.

GranuFlo® & NaturaLyte® Recall

On March 29, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a Class I recall of Fresenius Medical Care’s to GranuFlo® or NaturaLyte® acid concentrate products. A Class I recall is the most serious type of recall. It is used when the product is likely to cause serious health problems or death.

Even though the recall is due to a potentially fatal problem, the products are still in use. The recall was for relabeling of the product and clinics were not asked to stop using the products that they already had when the recall was issued.

Improper Dosing

The problem with GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® is the potential for improper dosing which can lead to elevated levels of bicarbonate in the blood. Too much bicarbonate can cause metabolic alkalosis, which can ultimately result in cardiopulmonary arrest and death.

If you are a dialysis patient living in Arkansas and have suffered a heart attack which you believe could have been caused by GranuFlo® or NaturaLyte®, please contact our Arkansas drug recall attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) today. We can help you and your family get the just compensation that you need.

Accutane and IBD Complications

Acne does not always affect teenagers. This condition can affect adults as well, and can be caused by medications prescribed to alleviate inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is a general term that refers to illnesses that cause chronic inflammation in the intestines. Because this condition can trigger acne, doctors have prescribed Accutane, when severe acne does not respond to other treatment options.

Accutane is no longer sold by its manufacturer, but the generic form of the medication called isotretinoin is still on the market. The safety of this medication for people suffering from IBD is unclear, but there have been reports of patients experiencing uncomfortable and dangerous side effects.

Some patients have experienced colitis-like symptoms, such as bleeding and diarrhea—a condition called “drug-induced hypersensitivity colitis.” In rare occurrences, isotretinoin has been linked to chronic symptoms that mimic full-blown ulcerative colitis, including:

  • A persistent change in your bowel habits
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in your stool
  • Ongoing bouts of diarrhea that don’t respond to over-the-counter (OTC) medications
  • An unexplained fever lasting more than a few days

Because of these concerns, if you are suffering from acne, exhaust all other treatment options before considering isotretinoin. And consult the advice of a dermatologist in addition to a gastroenterologist before moving forward.

If you are experiencing colitis symptoms and have been taking generic Accutane, please contact our Arkansas Accutane attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) today.