Fresenius is a healthcare company that owns dialysis clinics and manages hospitals, in addition to manufacturing medicines and medical supplies. It was founded in 1912. In 2016, the company agreed to pay out $250 million in compensation to families of U.S. patients who died of heart attacks after being treated with GranuFlo and NaturaLyte treatments used in dialysis machines to cleanse patients' blood, for failing to warn them about potentially deadly side effects. Fresenius has also been fined $50 million after employees were caught destroying records prior to a 2013 inspection of a plant that manufactured cancer medicines in Kalyani, West Bengal, India.
dialysis services, infusion pumps, cancer drugs, hospital management
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- A Healthy Business? World Health and the Pharmaceutical Industry by Andrew Chetley (1990).
- Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre (2012).
- Benchmarking AIDS: Evaluating Pharmaceutical Company Responses to the Public Health Crisis in Emerging Markets (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, 2006).
- Branding the Cure: A Consumer Perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility, Drug Promotion and the Pharmaceutical Industry in Europe (Consumers International, 2006).
- Investing for Life: Meeting Poor People’s Needs for Access to Medicines through Responsible Business Practices (Oxfam International, 2007).
Ruslan Kharizov | KG | November 11, 2020
Another rally was held near the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek. Patients in need of hemodialysis took part in the peaceful protest.
European Public Service Union | September 25, 2019
he German worldwide operating multinational health company Fresenius is not respecting trade union and workers’ rights in all its operations.
- Fresenius Global Union Alliance
- UNI Global Union
- Public Services International
- AIDS Healthcare Foundation
- Center for Science in the Public Interest
- Community Catalyst
- Consumers International
- Doctors Without Borders
- Families USA
- Health Action International
- Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
- Oxfam International
- Public Citizen Health Research Group
Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability | January 14, 2020
Fresenius, through its various divisions, is ranked in the top 260 global corporations. Fresenius Medical Care is the world’s largest dialysis company.
Fresenius Agrees to Pay $5.2 Million to Resolve Allegations that it Overbilled Medicare for Hepatitis B Tests
Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts | October 9, 2019
The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., d/b/a Fresenius Medical Care North America, Inc., the largest operator of kidney dialysis clinics in the United States, has agreed to pay $5.2 million to resolve allegations that the company ...
Sarah N. Lynch, Nate Raymond | Reuters | March 19, 2019
Germany-based dialysis clinic operator Fresenius Medical Care AG will pay about $231 million to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company paid bribes to public health and government officials in several countries to win or retain business, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.
Becker Law Office |
Kidney dialysis patients certainly have enough on their minds. They shouldn’t have to be worried that the liquids being used during dialysis are dangerous or defective. Yet they do, at least when it comes to using GranuFlo and NaturaLyte – both of which have been linked to serious side effects.
Economic Times | February 10, 2021
An Indian drug manufacturer has agreed to plead guilty to concealing and destroying records prior to a 2013 US Food and Drug Administration's inspection of its plant and pay USD 50 million in fines and forfeiture, the Department of Justice has announced
UNI Global Union | February 21, 2020
UNI Global Union Deputy General Secretary Alke Boessiger and UNI Global President Ruben Cortina called on the Korean government to take a hard look at the Korea National Pension Fund’s investments in the German healthcare company Fresenius and the ...
Public Services International | May 15, 2019
More than 50 workers and union representatives from Europe, North and South America and Asia will converge on 16 and 17 May in Frankfurt/Main, Germany – in parallel with Fresenius’ annual general meeting of shareholders. Fresenius directly employs around 280,000 workers in 100 countries.
BBC | March 22, 2012
Kidney patients have staged a protest outside their Birmingham dialysis unit after staff jobs were axed.
Demanding fair treatment for its workers, registered nurses and health care workers from Fresenius dialysis clinics
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East |
Demanding fair treatment for its workers, registered nurses and health care workers from Fresenius dialysis clinics leafleted on December 16 at 21 facilities of Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), calling on the largest dialysis company in the U.S. to be fair to its workers.
Note: Not a complete list.
Union busting, tax avoidance, corruption: International trade unions sharply criticize Fresenius ahead of annual general meeting
IndustriALL | May 20, 2021
Trade unionists from around the world condemn poor working conditions at Fresenius and its international subsidiaries. The German DAX 30 company has long been in the spotlight for tax evasion and corruption.
UNI Global Union | January 22, 2020
German healthcare giant Fresenius has avoided up to €2.9 billion in taxes worldwide through aggressive tax planning, according to a new report by the Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability & Research (CICTAR) in cooperation with the European and global public service trade union federations EPSU & PSI and the Tax Justice Network.
Wheres the Money Gone? | January 21, 2020
When it comes to tax avoidance, the German DAX 30 company Fresenius is just as aggressive as the often-criticised US tech giants Apple, Amazon and Facebook.
CICTAR | Public Services International | January 20, 2020
When it comes to avoiding taxes, German companies are just as tricky as the often-criticised US giants Apple, Amazon or Facebook.