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NaturaLyte and GranuFlo lawsuits in federal court have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation in federal court in Massachusetts. These lawsuits all claim money from the maker of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, Fresenius Medical Care. NaturaLyte and GranuFlo were drugs used in the process of kidney dialysis. The FDA issued a Class I recall, its most serious, after it was discovered that NaturaLyte and GranuFlo could cause cardiac problems, including heart attacks and sudden death.
NaturaLyte and GranuFlo were recalled March 29, 2012. A copy of the FDA Recall Notice can be found among the documents uploaded by Michael J. Evans here on SlideShare.
Because the two dialysis drugs were presumably not used after March 29, 2013, there is some reason to believe that most, if not all, NaturaLyte and GranuFlo lawsuits could have been filed by March 30, 2012. Therefore, in states which have a two-year statute of limitations, there is an argument that the statute of limitations would run on a NaturaLyte or GranuFlo lawsuit no later than March 29, 2014. Of course, there are some states with longer statutes of limitation, and there are legal arguments, such as tolling, that may allow some people to file NaturaLyte and GranuFlo lawsuits after March 29, 2014.
It seems risky to this lawyer to wait to file a NaturaLyte or GranuFlo lawsuit. On July 29, 2013, the MDL judge entered this order setting a scheduling conference for August 30, 2013. One part of the Order that should be of particular interest to people with NaturaLyte or GranuFlo claims is this: the judge ordered all plaintiffs' attorneys to provide settlement proposals to the defendants' lawyers no later than two weeks prior to the hearing. That deadline ran on August 16, 2013. The lawyers for Fresenius Medical Care are ordered to respond to the proposals at the August 30 hearing.
If you were seriously injured by dialysis, or lost a family member due to dialysis, before the NaturaLyte and GranuFlo recall on March 29, 2013, you should have already had your possible lawsuit reviewed by a law firm which is experienced in representing injured people in pharmaceutical and medical device lawsuits. If you or your loved one experienced serious cardiac problems, including a heart attack or sudden death during or after dialysis while NaturaLyte and GranuFlo were still on the market, you may have a valuable claim for money but be unaware of it. You probably wouldn't be told by Fresenius that you or your family member were injured (or died) due to NaturaLyte or GranuFlo. You may wish to contact a law firm which is willing to spend the money to get copies of the medical records (at no cost to you) to see if NaturaLyte or GranuFlo were used. I am part of a group of law firms that handles such cases, and we would be glad to investigate your possible case of cardiac problems or death due to dialysis. If we don't collect money FOR you, we don't collect and money FROM you. It's a risk-free opportunity.