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Berkowitz and Hanna LLC is available to review potential GranuFlo lawsuits on behalf of individuals in Connecticut who have suffered serious side effects from hemodialysis treatment at a Fresenius dialysis clinic or at another center where Fresenius Medical Care products were used. Our defective drug attorneys are currently investigating lawsuits involving injuries such as heart attack, cardiac arrest and sudden death.

Hemodialysis treatments NaturaLyte Liquid and GranuFlo Acid Concentrates, made by Fresenius Medical Care, have been used to treat many patients. In fact, up until March 2012, GranuFlo was the most widely-prescribed dry acid product in today’s dialysis industry. Problems with the warnings and instructions of these products led to inappropriate use of the products, which may have caused hundreds of dialysis patients to suffer heart attack, cardiopulmonary arrest or sudden cardiac death.

The Problem

Patients who require dialysis usually suffer from a condition called acidosis, which is a buildup of acid in the blood. Acid concentrates such as GranuFlo are used along with bicarbonate concentrates to neutralize the built up acid in the blood in a process called hemodialysis.

All hemodialysis products contain acetate, an ingredient that the body converts to bicarbonate. The problem with the Fresenius hemodialysis products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte is that they contain higher levels of acetate than most other concentrates. In 2010, Fresenius discovered that physicians weren’t taking into account the fact that these products contain higher amounts of acetate than other concentrates. By not taking this into account, the physicians were giving patients too much bicarbonate, which can result in a dangerous medical condition called metabolic alkalosis.

Reports have suggested that dialysis patients who were borderline for elevated pre-dialysis bicarbonate levels may have faced a six to eight times greater risk of cardiopulmonary arrest and sudden cardiac arrest in the dialysis clinics. According to an internal review conducted by Fresenius dialysis centers, during 2010 at least 941 patients reportedly suffered cardiac arrest during dialysis treatment. Even after the company became aware of the serious problem associated with its hemodialysis treatments, it failed to notify the FDA or issue a warning to all clinics that were using its products.

When Fresenius discovered the problem, it issued an internal memo to physicians practicing within its own centers and included instructions on how to safely use the product. According to reports, the company failed to notify physicians at other dialysis centers who used the products of the potential risk. The company is now under investigation by the FDA to determine whether it violated federal regulations by withholding information. GranuFlo and NaturaLyte were recalled on March 2012.

Dialysis Centers in Ct Where GranuFlo Was Used before the Recall

Before GranuFlo was recalled, it was used in a number of dialysis centers across the U.S. The following centers in Connecticut used GranuFlo. If you or someone you love underwent dialysis treatments at any of the following centers and suffered health complications, you may qualify for compensation:

Fresenius Medical Care Central Connecticut
377 Research Parkway
Meriden, CT 06450

Fresenius Medical Care East Hartford
200 Pitken St.
East Hartford, CT 06108

Fresenius Medical Care Enfield
113 Elm St.
Enfield, CT 06082

Fresenius Medical Care Hartford
3580 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06120

Richmond Acutes-CT
93 Eastern Steel Rd.
Milford, CT 06460

PDI-Rocky Hill
30 Waterchase Dr.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Middlesex Dialysis Center
100 Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457

Vernon Dialysis Center
460 Hartford Tpke Stec
Vernon Rockville, CT 06066

Windham Dialysis Center
375 Tuckie Rd.
North Windham, CT 06256

Waterbury
150 Mattatuck Heights Rd.
Waterbury, CT 06705

Bridgeport
900 Madison Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Greater Waterbury
209 Highland Ave.
Waterbury, CT. 06708

Shelton
750 Bridgeport Ave.
Shelton, CT 06484

Hartford North
675 Tower Ave.
Hartford, CT 06519

New Haven
100 Church Street S.
New Haven, CT 06519

New London
5 Shaws Cove
New London, CT 06320

Stamford
30 Commerce Rd.
Stamford, CT 06902

Norwich
113 Salem Tpke
Norwich, CT 06360

Branford
249 W Main St.
Branford, CT 06405

Milford
470 Bridgeport Ave.
Milford, CT 06460

Norwalk Acutes
93 Eastern Steel Rd.
Milford, CT 06460

Yale Acutes
93 Eastern Steel Rd.
Milford, CT 06460

Bridgeport Acutes
93 Eastern Steel Rd.
Milford, CT 06460

South Norwalk Dialysis
31 Stevens St.
Norwalk, CT 06850

Torrington
80 Litchfield St.
Torrington, CT 06790

Bloomfield
29 Griffin Rd. S
Bloomfield, CT 06002

Connecticut Acutes North
93 Eastern Steel Rd.
Milford, CT 06460

Connecticut East Acutes
93 E Stell Rd.
Milford, CT 06460

Black Rock Dialysis
427 Stillson Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824

Willard Avenue Dialysis-CT
445 E Willard Ave.
Newington, CT 06111

Hamden Dialysis
3000 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518

Farmington Dialysis
11 South Rd.
Farmington, CT 06032

Danbury Dialysis
111 Osborne St.
Danbury, CT 06810

Stamford at Home
30 Commerce Rd.
Stamford, CT 06902

Bridgeport at Home
900 Madison Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06606

New Haven at Home
100 Church St.
New Haven, CT 06519

PDI-Rocky Hill at Home
30 Waterchase Dr.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Waterbury at Home
150 Mattatuck Heights Rd.
Waterbury, CT 06705

Bloomfield at Home
29 Griffin Rd. S
Bloomfield, CT 06022

Liberty Dialysis Fairfield
500 Kings Hwy E
Fairfield, CT 06825

Renal Research Institute Milford
50 Commerce Park
Milford, CT 06460

Renal Research Institute New Haven Home Dialysis
136 Sherman Ave. Suite 206
New Haven, CT 06511

Fresenius Medical Care Newington
374 Willard Ave.
Newington, CT 06111

Renal Research Institute North Haven
266 State St. Suite B
North Haven, CT 06473

Renal Research Institute Shoreline Dialysis Center
34 E Industrial Rd.
Branford, CT 06405

Fresenius Medical Care Southington
341 West St.
Plantsville, CT 06479

Renal Research Institute St. Raphaels
137 Water St.
New Haven, CT 06511

Fresenius Medical Care Western Hartford
725 Park Ave.
Bloomfield, CT 06022

Even if you are unsure of the specific type of dialysis treatment your loved one received, our product liability lawyers can help determine if you have a potential Fresenius injury or wrongful death claim. To learn more, contact us today.