Many who took the bladder drug Elmiron later developed vision concerns. If this happened to you, you have options for justice and compensation. Filing a claim or lawsuit could result in getting the money you need to pay for your treatment and other costs. At Jenner Law, we understand these cases and represent clients whose vision was likely damaged by this medication.
Our team is meeting with potential plaintiffs in these Elmiron injuries cases now. If you took Elmiron for your bladder condition and now have eye problems, we want to sit down with you during a free consultation to discuss:
- Your symptoms
- How others are proceeding with a claim under similar circumstances
- Your rights
Did you experience eye problems after taking Elmiron to treat a bladder condition? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Here’s why:
What Is Elmiron (Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium)?
Elmiron contains the active ingredient pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS). The drug, now manufactured by Janssen, a pharmaceutical company and part of Johnson & Johnson, is a common first-line therapy prescribed by urologists to patients who suffer from interstitial cystitis, also known as painful bladder syndrome.
Elmiron is designed to provide a coating to the bladder to help protect against bladder irritation and discomfort.
Elmiron Linked to Macular Degeneration
Recent medical literature has found a significant link between Elmiron and particular eye diseases. Specifically, macular degeneration or maculopathy is a disease that affects the macula, the part of the retina responsible for producing accurate and highly sensitive vision.
In a study conducted by Emory University, researchers discovered that retinal maculopathy developed at a dangerously high rate for those being treated for painful bladder syndrome. In Emory’s study, using advanced retinal imaging, scientists discovered that the affected patients were women.
Additional studies conducted by Kaiser Health Care and researchers at UCLA came to the same conclusion: there was a dangerously high prevalence of maculopathy in patients taking Elmiron. Studies also revealed that the longer you used Elmiron, the higher the chance of a patient developing eye disease.
Before these studies were published, scientists believe that many doctors mistakenly diagnosed Elmiron patients with age-related macular degeneration and macular/pattern dystrophy. However, following the publication of this research, we now know that it’s a unique retinal injury likely caused by Elmiron.
What Should Patients Look For?
Here is a photograph of a person suffering from dark spots in the center of her vision:
This is characteristic of the injuries suffered by those who took Elmiron. While macular degeneration may occur because of age or other risk factors, it occurs much more frequently in those who are prescribed Elmiron or who previously took the bladder drug.
Patients suffering from the condition also report a host of eye and vision problems, including:
- Difficulty reading
- Difficulty adapting to dim lighting
- Blurred vision (often centrally in the patient’s field of vision)
- Dark spots in center of vision
- Straight lines appearing curved or squiggly
- Muted, less vivid colors
Patients diagnosed with macular degeneration often suffer from prolonged light to dark adaptation. That is, it takes a long time for a person to adjust from being in the light to being in the dark. The condition is also called metamorphopsia, a type of distorted vision in which a grid of straight lines appears wavy and parts of the grid may appear blank.
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Damages May Be Available for Those With Vision Loss From Elmiron
If you have a macular degeneration diagnosis and took Elmiron, you could get money for the costs and losses you incurred because of your vision loss. Our attorneys can help prove your Elmiron injuries and valuate your claim as a part of handling your case.
Those with this type of vision loss require regular monitoring and care. Some symptoms may respond to treatment. You can recover money for your current medical bills and future expenses as a part of your claim.
If you cannot work because of your vision loss, you can pursue money for lost wages, benefits, and other income. Future income losses are also recoverable.
Pain and Suffering
We seek pain and suffering and other intangible losses for our clients, as well. We assign an appropriate monetary value to the mental and emotional toll this ordeal took on you.
Loss of Consortium
Most states recognize a claim for what is called loss of consortium. This refers to the damage to a marital relationship caused by another person’s misconduct.
In those states that recognize this claim, your spouse will have the option of joining the lawsuit. In cases involving vision loss to a spouse, a loss of consortium claim can be significant.
Elmiron Lawsuits Underway for Injured Patients
Lawsuits filed in several state and federal courts allege that the drug manufacturer knowingly injured patients by keeping data from the FDA about the true risks of Elmiron. Further, these suits allege that after knowing about the risk, the drugmakers didn’t warn about the risk of macular degeneration. The lawsuits claim that the motive behind their conduct was to maximize profits from Elmiron sales.
There are several reasons why we could sue a drug manufacturer for negligence. Two of these are because they knowingly marketed a dangerous or defective drug and failed to provide warnings about potential side effects of the medication. We believe it is possible to hold Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson accountable on both of these accounts.
We could demand an appropriate payment from the drugmaker or file a lawsuit and take them to a jury trial for you. We believe you deserve compensation if you took this drug and suffered significant vision changes and eye concerns. You should not struggle to see and suffer financial consequences because of a defective product that made its maker millions of dollars.
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Urgent Action Required
Putting profits before the wellbeing of patients is unethical as well as illegal. If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration or suffer from significant eye disease following the use of Elmiron, contact Jenner Law as soon as possible about your rights under the law.
Consultations are always free of charge and may lead to compensation from Janssen Pharmaceuticals for related medical and other expenses. Spouses of patients who may have suffered as a result of these complications also may be eligible for compensation.
Don’t delay. There is only a limited time to get started and build a case against these unethical pharmaceutical giants. We are moving forward with claims very similar to yours today. Call us now at (888) 585-2188 for free legal advice and more information. We want to answer your questions about Elmiron injuries.
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