Fresenius Sued Again in Cardiac Death Lawsuit

                Fresenius Sued Again in Cardiac Death Lawsuit

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Feb. 28, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Nix Patterson and Roach, LLP and Feazell
& Tighe LLP announce the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the
manufacturer of GranuFlo®, Fresenius Medical Care North America. The lawsuit
was filed in Boston federal court on February 27, 2013, by Bettye Alexander,
whose late husband Gary Alexander suffered a heart attack and died following
hemodialysis treatment using GranuFlo®. Mrs. Alexander alleges that Fresenius
failed to warn that GranuFlo®, which has been used as part of a dialysate
prescription at thousands of dialysis clinics over the last decade, puts
patients at a substantially higher risk of cardiac arrest, stroke, and sudden
cardiac death.

Nix Patterson & Roach, LLP and Feazell & Tighe LLP currently represent more
than 1300 people alleged to have suffered cardiac arrest, stroke, or sudden
cardiac death following the use of GranuFlo® or a similar Fresenius dialysate
product, NaturaLyte®

The lawsuit alleges that Fresenius was aware of the risk for years, long
before Mr. Alexander underwent his hemodialysis treatment. An internal memo
written by Fresenius in November 2011 warned that the use of GranuFlo® was
associated with a 6 to 8 fold greater increase of cardiopulmonary arrest and
sudden cardiac death in the dialysis facility. That internal memo, which
covered only a single year and a third of Fresenius's clinics, identified 947
cardiac deaths. Fresenius sent that internal memo to its own network of
dialysis clinics. But Fresenius sells GranuFlo® to thousands of other
dialysis clinics as well. It did not share this information with any of them
until almost five months later. The internal memo was leaked anonymously to
the FDA in March, 2012, and a recall of GranuFlo® and a similar product,
NaturaLyte®, was issued later that month. For more information on the recall,
please visit

Mrs. Alexander, who is also represented by Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, seeks
compensatory and punitive damages for the unnecessary and unfortunate death of
her husband.

Plaintiffs with cases against Fresenius have filed with the Judicial Panel of
Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), seeking to consolidate all GranuFlo® lawsuits
in a single federal court in order to coordinate pretrial proceedings and
efficiently manage the litigation. Fresenius has joined in that request.

If you suspect you or a loved one has been injured by GranuFlo® or
NaturaLyte®, call Feazell & Tighe LLP toll-free at 877-508-0588, or email Austin Tighe at

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SOURCE Feazell & Tighe LLP

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