Dialysis Drug May Cause Cardiac Arrest
The New York Times has reported that the largest provider of dialysis in the United States, Fresenius Medical Care, is under investigation by the FDA. The operator of one third of the country’s dialysis centers had sent a warning to their physicians that the drug Granuflo may cause cardiac arrest if used improperly. This product gives the body a substance that turns into bicarbonate which neutralizes toxic waste that builds up in the blood – too much of this substance can lead to an overdose.
The FDA was unaware of this side effect until it received a copy of the memo warning of the complication. This memo was only sent to Fresenius dialysis centers and they had not informed any other providers of dialysis of their experiences with the drug. The most troubling aspect is that no one going to these centers for dialysis was advised of the possible danger that they were facing.
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