Fresenius Dialysis Treatment Lawsuit


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Fresenius Medical Care may have withheld important information about the potential side effects of NaturaLyte and GranuFlo acid concentrate drugs for dialysis treatment, which may have caused thousands of people to suffer:

  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Heart Attack
  • Sudden Death

STATUS OF FRESENIUS DIALYSIS LAWSUITS: These lawsuits are no longer being reviewed after Fresenius agreed to a $250 million settlement agreement to resolve the litigation.


OVERVIEW: Granuflo dry acid concentrate and NaturaLyte liquid concentrate are used during dialysis treatment together with a bicarbonate buffer to help clean the blood for individuals suffering kidney or renal impairment.

These products are manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care, which operates thousands of dialysis clinics throughout the United States and also sells equipment and medications used at most other dialysis centers, including DaVita Dialysis Clinics, DCR, Renal Ventures and others.

Before 2012, individuals may have faced a serious risk of suffering a sudden heart attacks and cardiac arrest during dialysis treatment with Granuflo and NaturaLyte, due to Fresenius Medical Care’s failure to provide adequate warnings and instructions with their product.

Granuflo and NaturaLyte contain sodium acetate, which is converted into bicarbonate by the body during and shortly after dialysis treatment. However, the manufacturer failed to warn physicians that these products contain higher levels of acetate than most other dialysis treatment products, requiring physicians to carefully monitor and change bicarbonate buffers administered with Granuflo or NaturaLyte, to avoid a risk of cardiopulmonary arrest and sudden death from heart problems.

LAWSUITS OVER FRESENIUS DIALYSIS TREATMENTS: A number of families throughout the United States filed claims after their loved ones died or suffered a catastrophic heart injury during or within 48 hours after dialysis treatment.

According to allegations raised in Fresenius dialysis treatment lawsuits:

  • Fresenius Medical Care negligently manufactured and sold unreasonably defective products
  • Granuflo and NaturaLyte were insufficiently tested and unsafe as designed
  • Inadequate warnings and instructions were provided with Granuflo and NaturaLyte, which did not fully inform the medical community about the nature and extent of the risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest, sudden cardiac death and other health problems
  • Even after Fresenius Medical Care knew or should have known about the problems with Granuflo and NaturaLyte, they continued to sell the products and attempted to convert clinics to use of the products by offering pricing discounts and packaging Granuflo and NaturaLyte with other dialysis products
  • Fresenius Medical Care provided critical information about the risk of heart attacks and death from Granuflo and NaturaLyte to doctor’s at their own clinics before warning other dialysis centers that used their products
  • Information was withheld in an attempt to maintain Fresenius Medical Care’s market share and maximize profits, at the expense of the safety of dialysis patients receiving their products

FRESENIUS DIALYSIS TREATMENT PROBLEMS: According to an internal review of patients treated at Fresenius Medical Care clinics during 2010, there were at least 941 cases where patients suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at the dialysis center.

In November 2011, Fresenius Medical Care issued an internal memo to their own physicians warning about the potential concerns associated with Granuflo and NaturaLyte, and highlighting that bicarbonate buffers should be regularly monitored and adjusted to reduce the risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest and death. This same information was not provided to other clinics that used Granuflo and NaturaLyte.

In March 2012, after receiving an inquiry from the FDA about the internal memo, Fresenius Medical Care issued an alert to other dialysis clinics that may use their Granuflo or NatruaLyte products during hemodialysis treatment.

In May 2012, the FDA warned about the risk of hemodialysis dosing problems with NaturaLyte Liquid and Granuflo Acid Concentrate, indicating that these products can raise bicarbonate levels in patients going through dialysis treatments, causing a condition known as metabolic alkalosis, which can increase the risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, low blood pressure and death.

In June 2012, it was reported that Fresenius dialysis problems have resulted in an FDA investigation, examining whether the manufacturer of Granuflo and NaturaLyte failed to adequately warn doctors that the products could cause heart attacks and other serious injuries during hemodialysis.

In February 2016, Fresenius proposed a $250 million settlement agreement that is expected to be accepted and funded by August 2016.


  1. felicia Reply

    I never sent the ppwrk back which claimed i was in the highest percentile for payment. Then the paralegal just called saying she made a mistake on my ppwrk and that I would only get the $1500. They claim that my mother’s levels did not meet the criteria by 1 or 2 points. I call bullshit. They are trying to convince me that I should just take the settlement. I absolutely refuse to accept that and allow them to get away with murder. The fact that they would try to intimidate me bothers me the most. I have chosen to opt out and I suggest you all do the same. I would rather go to court and walk away with nothing than accept $1500. LET’S STICK TOGETHER! OPT OUT PEOPLE.

  2. Thomas Reply

    If u opt outof and the attorneys withdrawfrom your case what do u do because it not another .attorney will never take a case that happen5 years ago its a limitation on ur case and it has expired I had no choice I look and search for another lawyer no one wants this case if u didnt qualify for grauflo then I would of opt out 1500 is insane

  3. thomas Reply

    Mike who ur attorney cause from wat I hear if u opt out ull have to find a new attorney

  4. LORRANCE Reply

    Mike I’m with you did you just not turn in the paperwork, How did you opt out??

  5. thomas Reply

    As I read its not that many people that qualify for the granuflo most of these comments are saying they get 1500 for not qualify so wat are they offer those that qualify

  6. Thomas Reply

    Its sad alot of people not qualify wats to come of thosr that do qualify since 95% dont qualify

  7. George Reply

    I was told I had a settlement coming then I receive a letter from attorneys saying it’s not a case I think the attorneys is being bought so I sent a certified letter to the judge asking not let this company get by with this we all need contact dateline news & the justice department before October 31 asap

  8. Shane Reply

    My Father died because of this. I have to send the paperwork. I have till Oct 30, 2016. They told me they don’t all the medical records for my Dad?? What does that mean?? If I opt out we have to get new lawyers. Does anyone know of lawyers that are doing that?? Can anyone help us??

  9. Lorein Reply

    I agree with you George in that we should contact as many officials that can assist those of us that have been misled into thinking that there would be JUSTICE for our DECEASED loved ones. All of a sudden the numbers (blood levels) aren’t in line with the criteria. Before I opt in and slow them to pay me 600.00 after attorney’s fees; I’ll walk away with NOTHING! 600.00 is ZERO to me. Oh and to think that the ones that survived (no offense) get more money than the decease is absurd!

  10. patRick Reply

    My dad died within 48 hrs.this website says the window for granulite is 48 hours bt the attorney who’s working with whatever the company that’s handling the case told me the window to qualify for the settlement was just 24 hrs or at the clinic. and she also told me to settle for the 1500
    i really don’t trust this situation. fyi if you opt in and they change anything and decide to grant bigger settlements you wont be eligible bc the case will be closed. WHATS 1500 COMPARED TO MURDER OF OUR LOVED ONES PEOPLE PLS DONT GIVE THEM THE SATISFACTION ID RATHER NOW SEE THE 1500 AND WALK WITH MY HEAD HIGH BC THIS IS OBVIOUSLY BS AND ITS NOT FAR

  11. Rachel Reply

    The lawyer is not tell me where my case fits in and claims they don’t have the paperwork. I don’t believe it I think they want me to sign for the 1500 only. If I opt out we have to get knew lawyers can anyone help???

  12. anonymous Reply

    I’m really confused at how they came up with the figure of 1500….out of 250,000,000….My mother passed away within hours of getting her treatment…she didn’t even make it out. Is anyone getting a larger sum…and I wonder how many families are involved…I have never seen anything like this and why is it taking so long….?

  13. guest Reply

    This is the man everyone needs to ask quetions to he has the man who okays the settlement he has the last word I urge everyone to blow him up this is very fishy litigation. Speacail Master Eric D. Green 617-556-0800. [email protected]

  14. Brenda Reply

    Got my paper work today they offer me $1,500.00 and here is no way in H— that I’am going to sign those papers my dad die in treatment my dads life is worth more than that.When they gave him dialysis it was on the recall list and they gave it to him anyway. If you guys get a different lawyer ease post it

  15. robert Reply

    They are doing the same thing to me saying I too am only getting 1.500.00 it’s bullshit my girlfriend of over 13 year’s passed away hours after her treatment and they said she didn’t go that day when I know she did. This whole process is bullshit.

  16. Betty Reply

    What is going on with this case? First a lawyer says we have to have paperwork stating she had dialysis 48 hours before she died. Now that we got the paperwork for 48 hours all of a sudden they changed it to 12 hours. We have been in this lawsuit for 5 years. 250 million dollars where did it go? We got papers from our lawyer saying get proof of dialysis 12 hours before she died are we get $1,500 I would rather take 0. We need to do something about this case. Has anybody heard anything new about this case?

  17. Guest Reply

    I got my papers last week. They show a range of what the settlement will be depending on how many people opt in. The deadline is Oct 31. According to my lawyer we lost the case and the settlement is suggested to take or risk getting nothing.

  18. Rachel Reply

    My father passed away the day he got treatment with this DEADLY solution. I got papers to the settlement for $1500 only. I talked to another lawyer and he said they have to tell you where YOU FIT in the settlement and if they don’t then you only get the $1500 since you signed for it and thats all. My lawyer has 668 cases so I guess they get 40% of the $1500 so they get…… 668 x $600 = $400,800… SO ONLY the LAWYERS WIN ALL THE CASH. THE FAMILY GETS $900 THATS IT THE IS NOT JUSTICE FOR OUR LOVED ONES. IF THERE IS A LAWYER THAT CARES PLEASE CALL ME WE need a miracle JESUS HELP US!!!

  19. Arthur Reply

    Rachel out of those 668 cases how many met the criteria for the settlement and how many of those opted-in. What part of the Country are your lawyers located in? That seems like a lot of cases. My Attorneyson had under 300 and only 45 met the criteria for the settlement.

  20. Judy Reply

    I just received paperwork today saying my lawyers have determined my case is not eligible to participate in the settlement. They want me to sign papers to consent to dismiss my case with prejudice and return them by Oct. 24. I can accept that they find my case not eligible, but I am reluctant to sign papers saying I agree to not pursue this ever again. Not knowing what may still happen with this settlement I do not want to opt out entirely until it is definitely over. Does anyone know if I can just not return the paperwork? I don’t want to get into trouble. Thanks!

  21. thomas Reply

    This is so confusing why are all these people bein offerd 1500 did any body qualify for this
    C’mon. Its like playing the lottery how f o the expect for familes to agree to this im sorry for youll love ones my attorney has not told me much but i qualify for the granuflo recive papers about my mother’s benfits and who she may owe bankruptcy stuff like that if any body that qualified no any thing please share something

  22. Gail Reply

    Please opt out, there’s no stature of limitations since the case has been filed. Just because our Attys caved don’t mean we have to. We need a doctor to stand with us and find an Atty afterwards.

  23. Gail Reply

    They are not suppose to take fees or expenses from the $1500. Still opt out. $1500 is an insult. If you opt in, you can’t contribute to this discussion, so be careful.

  24. WILIAM Reply

    7800 el camino real
    3112 GOD is watching yall. YOU will BE feelng him soon do the right thing. GOD BLESS

  25. Debra Reply

    My lawyer said that they currently have no info as to what will happen with cases that have chosen to opt-out. Based on info provided to them it seems that the Defense counsel will likely push forward with the settlement whether the 97% opt-in rate has been met or not. As of this point they are operating under the assumption that the settlement is moving forward. My husband died in 2009 and his case qualified on all requirements. Sorry that so many of you are having trouble with your attorneys.

  26. Jenna Reply

    My mother died about two hours after leaving. We were told the settlement is anywhere between $10k $80k. I think the settlement is too low considering the number of deaths. It is an insult to the legacy of your loved ones. The average person can survive on dialysis for several years. Is having those years worth $1500 or even $80k witch is about the max they will pay out. The defense attorneys are bullies trying to get people to settle so they can get paid and move on. I don’t think they have the 97% they need. I don’t think they are close or they wouldn’t keep extending and sending threading letters.
    Let this sink in: Fresnius earned 16 Billion dollars last year alone. The average cost of dialysis treatment is $90k per year. This is big business and these guys don’t want anyone cashing on their payday. If they payout big people will question the safety and realiabilty of their product. Your defense does not want to invest any more resources. This is worth fighting for. You were deprived of the opportunity to plan for your loved ones death. They were deprived of the plans they had made to make the most of the days they had left. My mother had many plans, she was sick but she was not dying, she was living!!! I will not Op in, I will not allow them to cheapen her legacy!

  27. Booker Reply

    Please opt out everybody stand together and keep fighting lets go to court .Fight for the people who lost there life. These people were fathers, mothers,husband,wives,sister,bother,uncles ,aunts who lost there lifes.Opt OUT.

  28. Rachida Reply

    My mother suffered from chest pain hard of breathing
    Vomiting blood with in 24 hours of the dialysis treatment .
    My lawyer proved that the center used the chemicals in my mother ‘s
    Machine , My mother passed away after 5 months of being in the ICU .
    And we are only qualified for 1500 ? . That is a insult to my family.
    I rather take nothing .

  29. Bobbi Reply

    I agree, we must all opt out, not fair and want justice for all. My mom pass within 48 hours of receiving both the Granuflo and Naturalyte.

  30. jessie Reply

    You r right if we dont get any money then the lawyers want get paid therefore they will go back to court cause they have invested to much money

  31. Booker Reply

    Opt OUT

  32. Anita Reply

    We all need to start a network were we can contact the group so we can move in numbers concerning this very serious matter.
    My father past in 2014
    This is pretty obvious that we have a legitimate claim so it’s important that we all stick together and not take the $1,500.

  33. Anita Reply

    I wonder how many more of us.please let’s use this for our networking device.
    If a lawyer do not want our case we will defend our own case no one can speak for our loveones like us .
    Share any numbers emails any lawyer .
    We all use the same lawyer I bet they want that I will never give up .
    Do not take that money
    Opt out or just ignore.
    We together can make them pay.

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