The Dangers of Using GranuFlo

Posted by Kathlyn on April 14, 2013
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GranuFlo, which is manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care, is a dry acid product intended for patients suffering from kidney failure. It is used in hemodialysis, a medical procedure that helps cleanse the blood of wastes, like urea, eliminates extra fluid from the body, and returns the body’s blood to maintaining an appropriate level of electrolytes.

Despite its effectiveness in treating kidney failure, GranuFlo is not without side effects, some of which have been found to place patients at risk of serious health problems, such as cardiac arrest, low blood pressure, metabolic alkalosis, heart attack, heart arrhythmias, or even sudden death. In 2010 alone, approximately 941 cases of cardiac arrest due to GranuFlo were recorded, along with a range of other severe complications. Due to the danger it poses to patients’ health, the US Food and Drug Administration was forced to issue a Class 1 recall (the highest level of recall) on the product.

Kidney Failure, Hemodialysis and GranuFlo

The main function of healthy kidneys is to cleanse your blood of wastes and remove extra fluid by converting these to urine. When your kidneys can no longer perform these tasks, dialysis is performed to remove these wastes and fluid to keep your blood clean and healthy.

During the dialysis procedure, the blood of a patient is drawn from his or her body and processed using a dialysis machine. As blood is made to flow back into the patient’s body, urea and creatinine, which are dangerous substances, should have been removed. It is through the help of GranuFlo, a dialysate, that these substances are removed and the level of helpful chemicals in the blood maintained.

Despite its usefulness, however, you should still be concerned with any personal injury that can occur from use. If you are suffering from any of the complications of this dry acid concentrate, make sure you contact a GranuFlo lawyer immediately.

AlloDerm: An Unsafe Solution to Abdominal Hernia

Posted by Kathlyn on January 04, 2013
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In the past, Skin cell injuries or damages, such as those resulting from surgeries or burns, were usually treated and repaired through traditional skin grafting, a surgery which involved skin transplantation, taken from the patient‘s own body. LifeCell’s introduction of AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix, or simply AlloDerm, in 1994 changed this procedure. While also intended to enable growth of new cells on severely damaged skin, this new skin grafting technique harvests carefully processed cells / skin tissues from cadavers rather than patients. Besides burns, AlloDerm came to be used in many other treatments, including implants, grafts, breast reconstruction after mastectomy (removal of the whole breast), as well as hernia surgeries, most especially abdominal hernia.

A hernia, which anyone from infants to senior citizens can develop, is a condition wherein an internal organ pushes through a weakened tissue or muscle that contains or surrounds it, producing a lump or a bulge under the skin. In the case of abdominal hernia, an organ, such as the intestine, protrudes through a tear in the abdominal wall’s inner lining.

Treating hernia requires a surgical procedure, and the introduction of AlloDerm, which is considered a safe and effective surgical mesh that has the potential to cause the pain and discomfort caused by hernias to disappear, seemed to be the most logical way to solve this medical concern.

Unfortunately, a number of patients who have undergone hernia surgeries between the years 2007 and 2009 have recently complained of the side effects of AlloDerm. Some of these complaints are:

  • Infection – This happens at the exact location of the surgery. It appears as hardening or swelling of the skin, lasting and increasing pain, reddening of skin, or fever.
  • Abscess – Infection caused by parasites or bacteria leads pus to gather in any one body part, but usually in the brain, throat, lung or skin. This, then, leads to the formation of an abscess or boil. Abscesses that grow inside the body are more dangerous as they are harder to detect and even more difficult to treat.
  • Mesh Tear or Perforation – The worst effects of these are re-occurrence of hernia, requiring new surgical procedures.

If you or anyone you know is suffering due to the complications caused by AlloDerm, you can save yourself and your loved ones from the burden of medical expenses and other financial difficulties by filing an AlloDerm lawsuit. These complications may not have been intended, but those responsible for them need to be held accountable for their failure in guaranteeing the product’s safety. Contact an attorney to learn more about your legal rights and options in this difficult situation.


The Effects of Hypospadias: A Topamax Complication

Posted by Kathlyn on June 05, 2012
Birth Defects, Medicine / 1 Comment

Topamax, the brand name for the drug Topiramate, is a prescription drug that was manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and was made available to the general public in 1996. It was specifically produced to help people suffering from epileptic seizures and migraine attacks. By holding back seizure and pain-causing signals originating from the nerves, Topamax is able to effectively decrease the likelihood of migraine attacks and epileptic seizures more than any other brand.

It did not take long after its release, however, before this anti-seizure and anti-migraine prescription drug was found to increase the likelihood of birth defects occurring in the children of women who took the drug during their pregnancy. Unfortunately, a significant number of pregnant women were prescribed this medication before its deleterious effects became widely known.

The severe possible birth defects Topamax can cause made the US Food and Drug Administration take action, advising doctors to prescribe the drug only in particular circumstances. A statement from the FDA was also released on March 4, 2011 on the risks Topamax exposed pregnant women to in the event that they decide to use the drug.

One of the serious complications of Topamax is hypospadias, a condition that places the urethra, the tube where urine gets drained from the bladder, at the underside of the male organ instead of at the end. Besides causing complications in the normal method of urination, this condition can also considerably impede adult sexual intercourse.

Studies have shown that hypospadias are hereditary; studies also show, however, that the use of Topamax during pregnancy can increase the risk of this defect. Though medical treatment to correct the condition is available, the cost is prohibitively high for many. Yet, if not corrected, difficulty in the proper use of the toilet, decrease in sexual function plus insecurity, and depression may be lifelong inconveniences.