» Blood Treatment Drug Manufacturer Named in Wrongful Death Suit

Blood Treatment Drug Manufacturer Named in Wrongful Death Suit

Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2013 – A Texas woman has filed a wrongful death suit against the manufacturers of the drug GranuFlo.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, alleges that Fresenius USA is responsible for the death of her husband two days after he was treated with the drug.

Washington D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz commented, “A number of deaths are being blamed on this drug, and it is the subject of a Class 1 recall by the FDA.”

A Class 1 recall is the highest priority recall issued by the FDA, and is only issued in cases where there is a significant chance that a drug can cause serious injury or death.

The plaintiff in the recent suit, Emma Hernandez, said that her husband, Santos Hernandez, felt ill immediately after returning home from a dialysis treatment during which GranuFlo was administered. Two days later, she called for an ambulance when he began complaining of pain in his head and chest, but he died of a heart attack before help arrived.

GranuFlo is used during dialysis in patients with kidney failure. The chemical, or another like it, is used to remove blood impurities that the kidneys can no longer remove. The treated blood is then returned to the patient’s body.

These products have been linked to elevated levels of bicarbonate in treated blood, which can cause stroke, heart attack and death.

The plaintiff alleges that Fresenius knew about the risks of GranuFlo as far back as 2003, but did not alert doctors and treatment centers that used the product.

In November, 2011, an internal Fresenius memo was leaked to the FDA, which is alleged to demonstrate that the company was aware of the dangers of the drug. The memo was only sent to Fresenius-controlled medical centers, despite the drug’s widespread use nationwide.

Hernandez seeks punitive damages for the loss of her spouse and for her husband’s pain and suffering.

The Lietz Law Firm
888 16th Street NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
Call: 202.349.9869


View Larger Map

  • Trucking Regulators to Require Electronic Logs on Commercial Trucks
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently proposed a new rule that would require most commercial trucks and buses to be equipped with electronic devices that record the duration of time the vehicles are driven. The federal government sets limits on how many hours commercial bus and truck drivers may be behind the wheel [...]
  • Five Injured as New York City Bus Crashes Into Minivan, Building
    Five people were injured when a New York City bus collided with a vehicle, careened onto a sidewalk and crashed into a building. The accident occurred on the morning of April 4, 2014 on Broadway near West 155th Street in Washington Heights. According to Metropolitan Transit Authority spokesman Kevin Ortiz, witnesses stated that a minivan [...]
  • NHTSA proposes side impact test for child car seats
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently proposed upgrades to the safety standards governing child restraint systems. The proposal includes a first-ever side impact test for child car seats sold in the United States. The proposed test simulates a “T-bone” crash, in which a small passenger vehicle traveling at 15 mph is impacted from [...]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required