$250M Settlement Reached in Fresenius Granuflo and Naturalyte Lawsuits

This is a settlement for the Fresenius Faces Dialysis Lawsuits lawsuit.

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Santa Clara, CA: Fresenius Medical Care has reached a $250 million agreement potentially settling claims alleging harm from their dialysis drugs, GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. The settlement amount will be $250 million, providing that 97% of the plaintiffs agree to the terms of the deal by July of 2016. Funding will be provided in August of 2016.

The lawsuits, combined into a multi-district litigation (MDL), centers upon Fresenius' two dialysates Granuflo and Naturalyte, which have been blamed for heart problems, strokes and death in thousands of patients. Reportedly, there are more than 1,800 lawsuits consolidated into MDL under US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock in the District of Massachusetts (In re: Fresenius GranuFlo/NaturaLyte Dialysate Litigation, MDL No. 2428).

The lawsuits allege that Fresenius Medical Care knew of the danger in their products and failed to adequately warn and inform the public. Further, there are allegations that claim the company neglected to warn health care providers as well as properly train them on how to use these dialysis products safely.

Additionally, the lawsuits claim Fresenius failed to warn dialysis clinics, outside its own Fresenius clinics, of potential Alkali Dosing Errors.

Both Fresenius Medical Care products - Naturalyte and GranuFlo- are used in the treatment of acute and chronic renal failure during hemodialysis. The concentrate is formulated to be used with a three-stream hemodialysis machine, which is calibrated for acid and bicarbonate concentrates, according to the FDA safety recall initiated in March 2012. The recalled Naturalyte Liquid Acid Concentrate and Naturalyte GranuFlo (powder) Acid Concentrate was manufactured and distributed from January 2008 through June 2012.

Claims against Fresenius Medical Care include patients who have suffered injury or death as a result of using GranuFlo and/or NaturaLyte products during hemodialysis.

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After 6+ years of being told all is well, I was just told that we didn't qualify for the settlement. The settlement distributions were to be sent out in January 2017.

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Has anyone even received any documentation breaking down the payout structure of the settlement; let alone a payment?

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I have not receive my settlement to date....

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