Elmiron Drug Mass Tort
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When your doctor prescribes a medication, you expect that medication to be reasonably safe and effective. If there are any risks associated with your medication, the manufacturer should communicate those health concerns clearly and thoroughly. Unfortunately, not all medications on the market are as safe as their creators would have us believe.
Elmiron, a popular pain medication, has recently come under fire as one of the latest defective drugs after several consumers reported cases of severe vision problems, including blindness.
As the only FDA-approved drug for the treatment of interstitial cystitis of the bladder, Elmiron is popular among its class. Unfortunately, though many patients have taken this drug with success, others report serious side effects not listed in the manufacturer’s warnings. Worse still, some allege that the manufacturer was aware of these associated dangers and chose to hide them from doctors and the general public.
If you or someone you love experienced vision issues or other related health problems after taking Elmiron, make sure you know your legal options. Our team at Crumley Roberts is prepared to help you seek justice and maximum compensation.
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Elmiron, known as pentosan polysulfate sodium in its generic form, was created to treat pain symptoms caused by a bladder condition called interstitial cystitis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Elmiron in 1996 through Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a drug manufacturer owned by the household brand Johnson & Johnson.
Since gaining FDA approval, Elmiron has been sold in capsule form, by prescription, to those who suffer from pain associated with interstitial cystitis. Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder condition that causes inflammation and irritation, affecting more than 1 million people in the United States. Because Elmiron is, to date, the only FDA-approved drug used to treat this bladder condition, the American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that hundreds of thousands have been exposed to the drug.
How is Elmiron Dangerous?
According to a study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Elmiron can be “toxic to the retina,” and may damage the light-sensing tissues in the back of the eye. The retinal injury, maculopathy, can vary in severity and can be permanent in some cases. The medical study determined that the regular consumption of Elmiron could result in a buildup of certain toxic metabolites, which can result in of vision damage. The drug has also been associated with age-related macular degeneration, or pattern dystrophy, another damaging retinal condition.
If caught early, retinal damage can be minimized if the patient stops taking Elmiron. However, the study states that “In the late-stage, toxicity can mimic late-stage dry atrophic age-related macular degeneration and result in permanent vision loss.”
Symptoms of vision-related Elmiron side effects may include:
- Eye pain
- Difficulty focusing
- Trouble adjusting to dim lighting
- Distorted vision
- Trouble with long or short-range vision
Do any of the above-listed symptoms sound familiar? If you have taken Elmiron for the treatment of interstitial cystitis and you’ve recently developed vision issues, our firm wants to hear from you. We may be able to help you retain compensation for the resulting damage.
Let Our Firm Help You
Our skilled attorneys at Crumley Roberts are committed to standing up for the rights of the wrongfully injured, and we want to help you take action after a dangerous drug injury or illness. Retinal damage can be life-altering and can result in permanent, sometimes painful damage. On top of that, vision impairments can impact your career and your earning capacity, not to mention your day-to-day activities and your quality of life. If you find yourself dealing with serious vision problems caused by a defective drug, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you were harmed by Elmiron, you may be eligible to join a mass tort, (a type of legal action), to pursue justice from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer responsible for the defective drug. Our experienced attorneys can work with you to determine the best course of action for your case.
Call (866) 691-0607 to discuss your case with our legal team.