Granuflo Recall Lawsuit

Fresenius Dialysis center investigated after deaths

A report on CBS 42 out of Birmingham says the Alabama Department of Health is investigating deaths and illnesses at a kidney dialysis center in the city of Bessemer.

The report says the clinic was closed on May 8, after two patients died and several others were hospitalized.

The clinic is owned by German company Fresenius, which operates about a third of all U.S. dialysis centers for patients with kidney failure. The company ...

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CDC issues guidelines for dialysis-related infections

Based on the results of a recently released study, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control are recommending specific prevention guidelines, intended to reduce kidney dialysis-related infection rates by 32 percent. According to a story on Examiner.com, the CDC estimates that about 380,000 Americans undergo kidney dialysis every year.

While dialysis patients depend on it for their lives, the procedure itself can present some potentially deadly health hazards – including some that may ...

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Artificial kidney shows promise

Scientists have developed a new method to make an artificial kidney that functions in rats, intensifying a race among several laboratories to create a replacement organ that may someday be used for humans.

The stakes are high, according to a Fox News report.

About 100,000 people with end-stage renal disease in the Unites States are on waiting lists for a donor kidney. Of those, about 5,000 to 10,000 die each year before getting ...

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Dialysis company failed to warn of risky product

A story in the Chicago Tribune deals with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into the German company Fresenius, based on reports that the company failed to warn dialysis clinics about possible dangers from one of its products.

The story says that in November, 2011, Fresenius sent a memo to dialysis centers that the company operates in the United States, warning them that its Granuflo product was linked with a higher ...

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Federal officials, doctors concerned over GranuFlo allegations

Health care providers and federal health regulators have voiced concerns, following revelations that the United States’ largest operator of dialysis centers may have concealed reports that one of its products carries a potentially deadly risk.

A New York Times report quotes Steven Silverman, director of compliance for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s medical devices division, as saying: “Candidly, I just think it’s bad business and not in ...

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At-home dialysis helps quality of life

The East Montgomery County Observer tells the story of a 27-year-old man with kidney failure, whose quality of life was greatly improved when he began using a portable, in-home dialysis system.

He previously had to make a long drive and arrive at a dialysis center at 5 a.m. in order to finish the 4-hour treatment, then make it to work on time. Doctors told him that routine would be necessary three times ...

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