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Fresenius Granuflo Injury Support Group

July 23rd, 2012

Noticing an absence of any support groups or forums online for patients who have suffered from the dialysis drugs NaturaLyte® and GranuFlo® , we have decided to create a forum here for dialysis patients to voice there concerns and complaints in a supportive environment.

On March 29th of 2012, the FDA issued a recall of the NaturaLyte® and GranuFlo® dialysis products made by Fresenius Medical Care (FMC). This occurred after an earlier FMC internal memo warning of the dangers of these drugs was disseminated to FMC’s clinics, but not other clinics that also used these drugs. Research show that these drugs cause an elevated risk of cardiopulmonary arrest, metabolic askalosis, hypotension, heart problems, stroke, and even death. Today FMC continues to aggressively market GranuFlo and NaturaLyte despite the FDA’s class I recall.

We hope that this forum will be helpful to people who have been injured by these drugs, and we will also be enlisting the support of medical and legal experts to answer any questions beyond our scope that might arise here.

For more information, visit our GranuFlo information resource page or call us directly at 888.584.0411.

NFL Concussion Lawsuit Gains International Attention

July 12th, 2012

Weeks after founding partner Christopher Seeger was appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the Multidistrict Litigation surrounding allegations that the National Football League improperly treated player injuries, the case continues to gain momentum in the media both in the US and abroad. A recent article in the Australian publication The Sydney Morning Herald discusses controversy around the removal of an Australian football player from the field after he experienced a concussion. Citing the consolidated American lawsuits, led by Chris Seeger in Philadelphia, the article noted that the Australian Football League’s strict handling of the player’s injury is actually best practice. The article notes, “Last month, a class action lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia, with up to 80 former NFL players and their families claiming the league had purposely hid links between concussion-related head trauma and permanent brain damage suffered to players. If this claim is successful, there will be global ramifications.” Follow the latest developments in the NFL concussion lawsuit through Seeger Weiss’ up-to-date NFL Football Concussions Page.

Seeger Weiss Gets $18 Million Verdict For Two Former Accutane Users

July 3rd, 2012

On Friday, June 29, 2012, counsel for the plaintiff in yet another Hoffman La-Roche Accutane trial, led by Seeger Weiss partner David Buchanan and Troy Rafferty of Levin Papantonio, PA were able to secure an $18 million verdict. The plaintiffs in the drug injury lawsuit were Katie Rossitto and Riley Wilkinson, two former Accutane users who took the prescription acne medication in the 1990s and developed ulcerative colitis as a result. Ulcerative colitis, a debilitating, permanent gastrointestinal disease, is among the reported side effects of Accutane use. The New Jersey jury ultimately sided with Mr. Buchanan and the plaintiffs, finding that Hoffman La-Roche, the defendants and makers of Accutane, withheld its knowledge and conclusions about the risk of ulcerative colitis from doctors and patients. In response to the verdict, Mr. Buchanan, of Seeger Weiss LLP stated: “We’re extremely pleased for Katie and Riley. They’ve suffered greatly at the hands of Roche’s drug, and the jury’s verdict provides a measure of justice for each of them.” Learn more about the verdict here.