Have you experienced vision problems or lost your eyesight after taking Elmiron? Research suggests that the popular bladder medication is linked to serious and permanent eye damage. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical treatment, loss of income, and the emotional distress you’ve experienced. The award-winning Columbus personal injury lawyers at Babin Law, LLC are here to help you fight to get the financial award you deserve.
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What is Elmiron?
Elmiron (pentosan) is a bladder medication prescribed for the treatment of interstitial cystitis (IC) and other bladder conditions. Interstitial cystitis is known for causing painful and urgent trips to the bathroom and affects as many as 12 million Americans. Chronic IC is associated with a hard bladder and low bladder storage.
Studies suggest that Elmiron helps to repair thin bladder walls and reduces the symptoms of interstitial cystitis about 38 percent of the time. Some patients see improvement in a few days, while others are on the medication for upwards of six or nine months before getting any relief.
What Are the Risks of Taking Elmiron?
However, taking Elmiron for extended periods of time is now associated with serious eye damage, including:
- Retinal degeneration
- Macular degeneration
- Cellophane maculopathy
- Pigmentary maculopathy
- Vision loss
- Unilateral blindness
- Bilateral blindness
- Eye pain
- Distorted vision
- Blurred vision
Many of these conditions – including pigmentary maculopathy and macular degeneration – are challenging to diagnose and often require a trip to a specialist.
Research Links Elmiron to Maculopathy and Other Eye Injuries
In 2018, research conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology discovered a link between maculopathy and Elmiron use. Six patients experiencing macular irregularities had been taking Elmiron for at least 15 years. All six exhibited similar eye and vision problems.
After this initial study, three ophthalmologists reviewed 4.3 million records of patients at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California in 2019. The researchers identified 140 patients who had taken at least 5,000 Elmiron pills each year over the course of 15 years. Two-thirds of the patients agreed to an exam. 22 percent of these patients demonstrated obvious signs of drug toxicity – which appeared to worsen the longer the patients were on Elmiron.
On the heels of these discoveries, Elmiron users have begun to file lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Jannsen Pharmaceuticals.
Do I Have an Elmiron Lawsuit?
Elmiron lawsuits are being consolidated into a multi-district litigation (MDL) in New Jersey. They allege that Elmiron is defective and that the pharmaceutical company should be held strictly liable for resulting injuries, costs, and suffering.
You may have the right to file an Elmiron lawsuit if:
- You’ve been taking Elmiron for at least one year, and
- You’ve been diagnosed with maculopathy, pigmentary maculopathy, or other eye problems
By filing an Elmiron lawsuit, you can seek damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other losses.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Babin Law, LLC to Discuss Your Ohio Elmiron Lawsuit
You took a medication to treat bladder pain and now your vision is impaired, or worse, gone. You’ve traded one ailment for another because Jannsen Pharmaceutical failed to adequately test Elmiron before trying to profit from it. Contact Babin Law, LLC and discover how our Ohio Elmiron lawsuit attorneys can help you file an Elmiron lawsuit and fight to get the financial accountability you deserve.
We’re nationally recognized trial attorneys with a demonstrated ability to win tough mass tort cases like yours. We’ll invest our considerable resources and experience into your Ohio Elmiron lawsuit and work to achieve the top results you deserve. Call our Columbus, OH law office to get started with a free consultation to learn more.