Did you or somebody you care about suffer vision loss or eye damage after taking Elmiron for six months or more? You might be eligible for compensation.
What is Elmiron?
Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a prescription drug that treats urinary pain caused by interstitial cystitis. Elmiron is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of the healthcare giant, Johnson & Johnson.
Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition that can cause a range of symptoms, including:
- Bladder pressure
- Bladder pain
- Pelvic pain
- Perineum pain
Over one million people in the United States suffer from interstitial cystitis. There is no cure for it, and Elmiron is the only FDA-approved drug available to treat interstitial cystitis.
In 2018 and 2019, researchers found that up to one-quarter (25%) of patients with significant or long-term exposure to Elmiron showed demonstrable signs of eye damage. Some evidence may suggest that even when the drug is discontinued, vision may continue to get worse.
The study found an increased occurrence of degenerative macular damage called pigmentary retinal maculopathy. Symptoms include:
- Blurry vison
- Dark spots
- Loss of close vision
- Visual dimming
- Difficulty reading
- Night blindness
Inadequate Warnings for Elmiron Eye Damage
Despite the research, no warnings for macular damage, visual changes or other eye conditions have been listed on prescribing information for Elmiron.
The research also indicated that patients with vision problems may have initially been diagnosed with another vision disorder such as macular degeneration or pattern dystrophy, which have similar symptoms. Researchers have therefore suggested that Elmiron patients who notice vision changes should speak with their physician about getting an ophthalmic examination with retinal imaging.
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If you or someone you love has taken Elmiron for at least 6 months and suffered vision loss, blindness, or other visual disorders, contact Brown and Crouppen, P.C. for a free and confidential case evaluation.
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