Elmiron Vision Loss Claims
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Four peer-reviewed medical journals have tied Elmiron use to vision loss. Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium, or PPS) is a drug manufactured by a child company of Johnson & Johnson to treat interstitial cystitis, or “painful bladder syndrome.” The journals Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology, the British Journal of Ophthalmology, and Review of Ophthalmology all found that long-term use of Elmiron was linked to degeneration of the retina, a condition called “maculopathy.”
Maculopathy results in symptoms like:
- Vision loss in the center of vision
- Blurred or dimmed vision
- Problems reading
- Problems adjusting to low light
- Problems adjusting to light changes
- Eye pain
The authors in the journals above found that, in the presence of Elmiron or PPS (its generic counterpart), the eye undergoes a “unique pigmentary maculopathy.” Eye damage caused by Elmiron/PPS can be confirmed through routine retinal imaging. While some macular degeneration is normal with age, you should schedule an eye appointment as soon as possible if you take Elmiron or PPS.
About Elmiron & Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Elmiron/PPS is the only FDA-approved drug that treats painful bladder syndrome. The medication allegedly works by attaching itself to the bladder’s inner wall, which creates a protective layer that shields the bladder from irritating substances. Because it is the only drug on the market that treats painful bladder syndrome, manufacturers—chiefly Janssen Pharmaceuticals—has made an enormous profit off of it, with Elmiron prices rising every year.
As part of its duty as a drug manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals had a responsibility to warn patients and doctors of the full range of side effects associated with Elmiron. The packaging for Elmiron made no mention of maculopathy, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals either knew or should have known about the potential for eye damage from taking their products. Their failure may have permanently cost countless people their vision.
Loss of Vision Is a Catastrophic Injury
Eyesight is vital to many people’s livelihoods and independence. We depend on our eyesight to drive, to earn a living, and to do many of the things we love. The loss of our eyesight is the loss of all those things; it subjects victims to permanent hardship they’ll spend the rest of their lives adjusting to. This is what the law calls a “catastrophic injury”—an injury that is permanent and life-changing.
What’s Wrong with Elmiron?
Researchers have linked Elmiron to severe eye disease called pigmentary maculopathy that worsens over time. Unfortunately, the symptoms for this disease don’t become noticeable until the damage has already reached an advanced stage.
According to the researchers at Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, Elmiron causes retinal damage through “drug-induced toxicity” that attacks the macula, or the center of the retina responsible for finely tuned and accurate vision.
What Are the Side Effects of Elmiron?
The early symptoms of pigmentary maculopathy include:
- Muted colors
- Loss of sight in the center of vision
- Difficulty adjusting to light or dark environments
- Dim or distorted vision
- Progressive blindness
If you’ve taken Elmiron, medical experts recommend that you get examined for early signs of maculopathy.
Can I File a Lawsuit for Elmiron Eye Damage?
Absolutely. Janssen Pharmaceuticals (and any pharmaceutical company) has a responsibility to warn the public of any risks associated with taking their medications. Especially because Elmiron is only one of many possible treatments for painful bladder syndrome, so patients had the option of choosing a less-risky medication.
Their failure to warn consumers has resulted in permanent and severe vision loss, which means Janssen Pharmaceuticals is obligated to financially compensate people for the harm they’ve suffered.
- You may be able to claim damages like:
- Current and future medical costs
- Loss of income or wages due to blindness
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment
- Punitive damages
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