Dialysis Patients Frustrated by Last Month’s Fluid Recall
Patients who use a portable dialysis machine say they are upset about a May recall of NxStage’s dialysis fluid that was found to have higher than intended levels of aluminum, according to the Boston Globe.
About the NxStage Dialysis Fluid Recall
On May 15, NxStage recalled about 140,000-150,000 units of dialysis fluid due to high levels of aluminum. High levels of aluminum in the blood can cause serious health problems, especially for patients who experience kidney failure. Health risks include dementia, bone disease, and speech problems.
The elevated amount of aluminum found in the fluids wasn’t detected by NxStage, but by medical centers using the product. NxStage has said it is unsure whether the high amounts of aluminum were caused by a manufacturing process, packaging errors, or another problem. The company has said it is working hard to prevent the problem from happening again in the future.
The recalled units of fluid were manufactured between April 2013 and February 2014.
No Options for Home Dialysis
Patients who use the home dialysis machines say they are upset because no quality control checks were put in place. Compounding the problem is a lack of options for home dialysis care; NxStage is the only company that offers such a product.
“What if in the future there’s some sort of manufacturing error and they do not have the proper quality control in place to correct errors before that product goes out to patients?” a NxStage patient named Peter Laird told the Boston Globe. “What if the next time it’s another component that turns out to be a deadly component?”