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.

Arkansas Pradaxa Injury Attorneys

Pradaxa (dabigatran) is one of the most recent drugs to come under scrutiny for dangerous and deadly side effects. Boehringer Ingelheim, maker of the drug, has already admitted to 260 Pradaxa-induced fatal bleeding events worldwide from March 2008 through October 31, 2011, shortly after originally reporting that there were only 50. If you have been harmed by Pradaxa our Arkansas drug recall attorneys can help you hold the drug company responsible.

Why Doctors Prescribe Pradaxa

Pradaxa is approved to prevent the formation of blood clots in people with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. AFib is a problem with the heart’s rhythm that causes blood to pool in the heart. The stagnant blood can clot and that can lead to stroke.

Pradaxa is an anti-clotting drug. It has some advantages over other blood thinners like warfarin. It is fast-acting, is not affected by the use of antibiotics and some of the other medications that interact poorly with warfarin, and it is not affected by Vitamin K, so you do not have to change your diet to take Pradaxa.

And there is the rub. Vitamin K is an antidote to warfarin, so when severe and uncontrolled bleeding occurs on the drug Vitamin K is given to the patient so that clotting begins again. There is no antidote for Pradaxa.

If you live in Arkansas and have suffered Pradaxa injury or have lost a loved one to this deadly drug, please contact our Arkansas drug recall attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) as soon as possible to recover the money you deserve.

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.