GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis drugs are manufactured by a Germany based medical device company Fresenius Medical. It is one of the largest dialysis clinic operators in the world. GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are acid concentrates that are diluted to become a component of dialysate that acts as the blood purifier and is used to purify patients blood undergoing hemodialysis for treatment of renal or kidney failure. Dialysis is done when the kidney loses its capacity to purify blood thereby altering the pH of the blood.

It is important to note here that NaturaLyte and GranuFlo are not inherently dangerous products, but become lethal when errors occur in their mixing and administering. GranuFlo is the only dialysis drug that contains acetic acid plus sodium di-acetate. Sodium acetate gets converted into bicarbonate by the patient’s liver, effectively increasing bicarbonate levels beyond prescribed limits. This increased level of bicarbonates results into some increased risk of metabolic alkalosis which is one of the common dangers with GranuFlo.

Some of the side effects are:

  • Heart problems
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Heart problems
  • Low blood pressure
  • Metabolic alkalosis
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Sudden heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death

FDA issued a class-I recall in Jun 2012 viewing the serious and life threatening side effects of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte.

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