Elmiron Eye Injury Lawsuit
Bladder pain medication Elmiron has been linked to serious eye damage, including blurred vision, sensitivity to light, dark spots and blindness. Gordon & Partners is presently reviewing potential Elmiron lawsuits from drug users who have suffered an eye disorder or vision issues and may be eligible to recover compensation.
A defective drug lawyer from our firm is here to help. An initial consultation is free of charge and will allow you the opportunity to discuss your situation with us and learn about your possible legal options. You are under no obligation to retain our services after this meeting. Over more than two decades, we have recovered millions in compensation for our clients. Many of our lawyers have earned recognition among their peers, including the designation of “Super Lawyers” and inclusion in the list of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers.
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Do I Qualify to File an Elmiron Lawsuit?
Our legal team would be able to assess eligibility during a complimentary case evaluation. Certain factors unique to your situation would need to be evaluated to determine whether you may be able to take legal action.
You will be asked to answer questions about your experience using the drug. It is important that you answer any question with as much detail as you can. Some of these questions could include:
- Why were you prescribed this medication?
- Were you taking the recommended dose?
- How long have you been taking the drug, and have you stopped taking it?
- What vision-related symptoms have you been experiencing?
- Have you been diagnosed with an eye disease (i.e. maculopathy)?
- How much has this drug affected your eyesight and how does it affect your daily life?
- What medical treatments have been recommended or given for your vision issues?
- Have any of these treatments improved your eyesight or remained the same?
- Has a medical professional told you about the chances of regaining your vision?
- Would your symptoms improve over time or are they irreversible/permanent?
There is only so much time to file a case, which is why it is in your best interest to seek legal representation as soon as possible. There is no charge to contact our firm to discuss a potential Elmiron eye injury lawsuit.
Potential Damages Available for Victims
The type and amount of damages that you may be able to recover will depend on your circumstances. Generally, most victims of defective drugs working with a lawyer could seek the following:
- Expenses related to medical treatments, including emergency services, hospitalizations, surgical procedures, diagnostic and imaging tests, etc.
- Loss of wages and future earning capabilities while unable to work or return to work at all
- Pain and suffering (physical and mental), from having impaired vision or an inability to regain vision
- Loss of enjoyment of life due to developing an eye condition or having serious vision problems
How Does Elmiron Work?
Elmiron, also known by its generic name pentosan polysulfate sodium, is the only prescribed oral medication approved to treat pain and discomfort associated with interstitial cystitis (IC), a chronic and painful bladder condition. People with IC typically have inflamed or irritated bladder walls that can cause scarring or stiffening of the bladder. Elmiron is also a weak blood thinner that prevents the formation of blood clots.
The drug is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutical and was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996 under the Orphan Drug Act. This act grants special status and incentives to sponsors or manufacturers of medications to treat rare diseases. Hundreds of thousands of people are currently taking Elmiron, often for long-term use. However, adverse side effects have since been reported.
Adverse Side Effects of Elmiron
Common side effects of Elmiron include diarrhea, hair loss, nausea, headache, upset stomach, abdominal pain, dizziness, bruising, rash, swelling, weight gain and abnormal liver functions. Nose bleeds, blood in the stool and bleeding gums have also been reported in users taking this medication.
Most notably, the drug has been found to cause maculopathy, an eye disease that affects the central part of the retina. The disease is typically diagnosed by an ophthalmologist as pigmentary maculopathy, retinal maculopathy or macular degeneration. The damage done to the retina worsens over time, even before symptoms begin.
Symptoms associated with this eye disorder and other associated eye damage include:
- Problems with vision focus and reading
- Issues seeing objects close by
- Difficulty adjusting to dim and/or dark lighting
- Blurred vision
- Visual dimming
- Dark spots in center of vision
- Loss of vision or blindness
Studies Linking Drug to Eye Damage
Numerous studies have linked Elmiron to eye-related injuries. A case study conducted by doctors at Emory Eye Center examined the results of patients with IC who took the drug. It was found that chronic exposure to Elmiron caused these patients to be diagnosed with a unique form of pigmentary maculopathy.
An expanded study was published in the Journal of Urology confirming previous findings of Elmiron users developing this eye disease, recommending anyone with signs of eye damage to stop taking the drug.
In another study presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, researchers at Kaiser Permanente studied patients who continuously took the medication for a period of 15 years. It was found that Elmiron use led to retinal damage in almost 25 percent of patients. These patients had clear signs of ocular toxicity and eye damage. The toxicity was greater in patients who took more of the drug – 11 percent of those taking 500 to 1,000 grams to 42 percent of those taking 1,500 grams or more.
Elmiron has made the FDA “Watch List” amid growing concerns that the bladder pain medication causes some users to develop serious vision problems. The agency is currently evaluating the need for regulatory action due to the drug’s link to eye disorders.
Elmiron Eye Injury Lawsuits
Elmiron lawsuits are actively being filed on behalf of people who took the drug and have experienced vision problems or developed an eye disorder. These lawsuits accuse Janssen Pharmaceuticals of the following:
- Failing to properly notify the public about the risk of eye injuries
- Ignoring evidence linking Elmiron to ocular toxicity and potentially permanent vision damage or loss
- Lack of adequate warnings for retinal damage, visual changes or other eye conditions listed on prescribing information for the drug
- Marketing and selling the bladder pain medication as safe and effective to use
Learn More About Filing an Elmiron Lawsuit
The legal team at Gordon & Partners is presently reviewing potential Elmiron lawsuits if you or a loved one was prescribed the bladder pain medication and has developed an eye injury. You may be eligible to pursue compensation to help cover medical expenses related to eye surgeries and treatments for an eye disorder as well as loss of wages from not working while in recovery and for the pain and suffering you have experienced.
Our consultations are complimentary and confidential. There is no risk in reaching out to schedule a free case evaluation and no obligation to take legal action with our firm. We are ready to take your call anytime, day or night, or chat with you using our online services. We charge nothing upfront unless we help you win.
For legal help, call the law offices of Gordon & Partners at 1 (855) 722-2552.