Douglas & London is investigating claims of individuals who developed eye damage after taking prescription drug Elmiron, which is used to treat bladder pain caused by interstitial cystitis (IC). The manufacturer of Elmiron, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, did not add information about the risk of eye disease to the drug’s warning label until June 2020. Patients who took the drug before that time had no way of knowing about the serious risks they faced for permanent vision problems.
If you experienced maculopathy, retinopathy, vision impairment, blindness, or other eye problems after taking Elmiron as prescribed by a doctor, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages
Speak for free with an experienced dangerous drug lawyer at Douglas & London to see if you qualify for an Elmiron lawsuit. Contact us through our website form or call anytime, 24/7, for a free case review. If a negligent drug manufacturer caused your injuries, we can help.
Signs of Elmiron Maculopathy
Symptoms of macular degeneration, or eye disease, caused by Elmiron may include:
- Blurry central vision
- Dark spots in the center of vision
- Difficulty reading or seeing close objects, especially in dim lighting
- Halo vision with a hazy ring of light
- Muted, less vibrant colors
- Straight lines appearing curved or squiggly
- Total blindness or night blindness
The effects of maculopathy are permanent, and continue even after patients stop using Elmiron. If you have experienced any of the above vision problems after taking Elmiron, consult an attorney at Douglas & London to discuss your rights to compensation.
What to Do If You’ve Suffered Elmiron Eye Damage
If you are having difficulty with your vision after taking Elmiron, see an eye care specialist for a formal diagnosis and treatment. Next, call Douglas & London for a free, no-obligation case review.
We may ask you questions like:
- When did you start taking Elmiron? How long did you take it?
- What current vision side effects are you experiencing? When did your vision problems begin?
- How do your vision problems affect your work, hobbies, or day-to-day activities?
- Do you, or your immediate family members, have a history of eye problems?
- How is your vision impairment being treated? What prognosis did your medical provider give?
At Douglas and London, we work on a contingency basis, which means you owe us no fees for our services unless we recover damages on your behalf.
Elmiron Lawsuit Background
Elmiron is the brand name of pentosan polysulfate sodium, the only FDA-approved drug used to treat interstitial cystitis, a chronic condition causing bladder pressure and pain.
Research is now showing that use of Elmiron is linked with progressive eye disease. Ophthalmologists have diagnosed retinal pigmentary maculopathy, pattern dystrophy, and age-related macular degeneration in a number of Elmiron users.
The FDA has not issued a safety alert about Elmiron, but Janssen changed the warning label to include the risk of maculopathy in June 2020. Patients using the drug prior to this date had no idea that use of the product could result in irreversible damage to the eyes.
Plaintiffs who have filed Elmiron lawsuits allege that the drug’s manufacturer acted negligently in bringing a dangerous drug to the market and failing to warn doctors and patients about the risks for eye damage. They claim that the manufacturer had an obligation to carry out safety testing to detect these eye-related side effects and warn the public about them long before June 2020. These negligent actions on the part of the drug maker, according to the lawsuits, were responsible for the eye injuries the plaintiffs sustained.
Speak With an Elmiron Lawyer at Douglas & London
If you experienced eye damage or vision problems after taking Elmiron as prescribed by a doctor, you may be eligible for substantial money damages. Protect your right to pursue compensation by contacting a personal injury attorney with experience in dangerous drug litigation. Use our website form or call anytime, 24/7, to see how Douglas & London can help. All consultations are free and confidential.