Those suffering from interstitial cystitis, also known as bladder pain syndrome, often live in incredible daily pain. It can be unrelenting. Many who suffer from this disease take the only FDA-approved medication for the condition – Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium). However, it is now recommended that those taking Elmiron undergo regular retinal exams because the medication can cause significant and irreversible eye damage. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our nationally-renowned law firm is helping clients in Florida and throughout the US who are suffering due to Elmiron.
Your Vision Is At Risk If You Take The Prescription Elmiron
Research overwhelmingly indicates that those who take Elmiron over long periods of time may suffer extensive eye damage. Researchers say that the retinal cells of those taking Elmiron may be accumulating pentosan polysulfate sodium, a toxic metabolite, over time. They have termed the problem as pigmentary maculopathy. While there are other causes of maculopathy, researchers note that this unique presentation of maculopathy does not resemble any other hereditary or acquired maculopathy they have seen.
Why Was This Not Discovered During Clinical Trials?
While there is no set amount of time that it takes for a prescription drug to undergo clinical drug trials, the process typically lasts several years. All prescription drugs must be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they are allowed to be prescribed and sold to consumers.
However, the adverse effects of many prescription medications are not fully known until many years after the medication has been on the market. That seems to be the case with Elmiron.
Has Elmiron Been Recalled?
Despite strong evidence that Elmiron causes eye disease, this prescription medication has not been recalled by Janssen Pharmaceuticals or the FDA. Urologists and gynecologists are the primary providers for those who suffer from interstitial cystitis, the medication that Elmiron is prescribed to treat. Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D., a urologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, has suggested that patients taking this medication undergo active retinal surveillance. She suggests that patients undergo yearly or biyearly retinal exams.
But is this enough? Why are patients not aware of the potential dangers this prescription medication has for their long-term eye health? Is it irresponsible for doctors to not warn patients of the risks posed by Elmiron?
Do doctors even know that Elmiron is dangerous?
We Want To Help You Secure Compensation
If you or someone you care about has been taking Elmiron and has sustained eye damage, please seek legal assistance today. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning firm is dedicated to helping clients who have been harmed due to defective drugs. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve, which can include:
- Cost of your current and future medical bills related to eye damage
- Recovery of income lost if you are unable to work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against Janssen Pharmaceuticals