Elmiron is a medication used to treat interstitial cystitis, commonly referred to as painful bladder syndrome. Elmiron, or pentosan polysulfate, is the only FDA-approved medication to treat this condition. However, studies have shown that this medication can cause irreversible damage to the eyes caused by a condition called pigmentary maculopathy. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning product liability team has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a client who used Elmiron and subsequently sustained eye damage. Here, we want to discuss what is going on with these cases across the US.
What is the problem with Elmiron?
The team at Colson Hicks Eidson has previously reported to you that those who have taken Elmiron have a higher risk of suffering from pigmentary maculopathy due to a buildup of pentosan polysulfate in the retinal cells. These findings have been backed up by researchers at the Emory Eye Center and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Some of the most common symptoms experienced by those who are suffering from pigmentary maculopathy caused by Elmiron include:
- Difficulty reading
- Difficulty adapting to dim lighting
- Vision disturbances or distorted vision
- Trouble seeing things up close
- Eye pain
These vision problems can impact a person’s entire life. This includes their ability to enjoy everyday activities as well as their ability to work. Researchers have found that pigmentary maculopathy can affect Elmiron users of all ages, and have discovered victims in their twenties.
What is the next step for Elmiron vision loss victims?
Right now, anybody who suspects they may have been harmed by taking Elmiron needs to speak to an attorney about their case. While there have been lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of Elmiron on behalf of plaintiffs throughout the country, it is not too late to get your case started.
Colson Hicks Eidson is particularly interested in helping victims who have been affected by this medication. We know that victims in these cases had no warning that their vision could be affected. What makes this particularly tragic is that Elmiron is the only medication that is approved to treat interstitial cystitis, so patients were left with no other viable options to help ease the painful symptoms they experience.
Let our nationally-recognized team help you today
If you or somebody love has taken Elmiron to treat interstitial cystitis and has subsequently been diagnosed with irreversible eye damage, contact the team at Colson Hicks Eidson today. We are going to conduct a complete investigation into your case to determine whether or not you are entitled to the following types of compensation:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the eye damage
- Lost wages and benefits if you are unable to work
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against the manufacturer of Elmiron (Janssen Pharmaceuticals)
If you need an Elmiron attorney in Florida or throughout the United States, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7442. Our nationally recognized product liability attorneys are going to handle every aspect of your case.