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January 22 2014


11 Deaths Allegedly Caused by GranuFlo Complications

11 diabetes patients passed away after they underwent dialysis using Granuflo and Naturalyte, based on info taken from online news sources. Consequently, the loved ones of these alleged victims filed a Granuflo lawsuit against Fresenius Medical Care, demanding compensation for all the damages they have suffered. The cases were filed in different courts all over the country, such as Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Texas, Illinois, California, and Florida. Based on released court documents, the deaths occurred between 2010 and 2012.

Naturalyte and Granuflo are vital components used in dialysis treatment. Both of these dialysates are produced by Fresenius Medical Care, the largest operator of dialysis facilities in the United States. They became widespread after their market introduction in the year 2003. Despite their popularity, however, many dialysis patients reportedly developed severe complications after using the products. In light of this troubling news, the manufacturer launched research studies in order to regulate the situation.

Findings from these studies reportedly linked the use of Naturalyte and Granuflo to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Based on the findings, several patients involved in the study began developing heart complications after being administered with the acid concentrates. In fact, some patients have reportedly died due to the severity of their conditions.

When Fresenius confirmed the dangers of Granuflo and Naturalyte, the company immediately sent a warning memo to its own dialysis centers. However, the company did not immediately inform other facilities that are also using the products. Nonetheless, a copy of said memo was anonymously sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a year later, which prompted the agency to issue a class I recall of Naturalyte and Granuflo.

Following the recall of Granuflo and Naturalyte, several patients allegedly injured by the products filed a lawsuit against the manufacturing company, Fresenius Medical Care. According to the cases, the alleged dialysis products can potentially cause fatal complications, such as heart attacks, strokes, and other heart-related adverse effects.


January 17 2014


9 Ways to Keep Your Kidneys Safe

Health surveys show that many developed countries are facing kidney problems along with other  health problems that may co-exist with it. In the United States, kidney diseases are growing to be a public health burden as it steadily increases in number, according to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearing house (NKUDIC), with about one in every 10 adults having chronic kidney disease (CKD). Caring for one’s kidneys is not only the responsibility of health care providers, one needs to learn how to keep the kidneys healthy.

Heart disease, high blood pressure, race, diabetes, age, and a family of kidney problems are risks factors in developing kidney diseases. These tips on keeping the kidneys healthy may be used by men and women alike who are at high risk of developing kidney problems. The National Kidney Disease Education Program shares the following ways in keeping the kidneys healthy:

-      Make sure to maintain a healthy blood pressure level. Kidneys act in regulating the body’s blood pressure. Age and gender may affect the blood pressure levels but it may be kept below 120/80. Health care providers may set achievable blood pressure levels through diet and medications.

-      Avoid too much salt. The retention of fluid in the body is often influenced by salt intake. For those who are at risk of kidney problems, this might become a problem as the kidney will have more fluids to filter.

-      Take medications only as advised and sparingly. Most medications directly affect the kidneys as they are excreted from the body through urine.

-      Exercise regularly. Having an active lifestyle not only keeps your kidneys healthy but also the rest of the body.

-      Keep your weight appropriate to your height. Overweight and obese individuals are at risk of developing kidney problems.

-      Limit drinking alcohol. Damage to the kidneys are often caused by too much alcohol in the body. People with drinking problems may not only have kidney diseases but also problems with their liver.

-      Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is good to our body.

-      Smoking can damage the kidneys.

-      Proper management of blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

It is easy to have healthy kidneys, health experts say, as long as the person knows what to do.


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