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Elmiron Lawsuit

Elmiron Lawsuit

Elmiron is a bladder drug that is linked to maculopathy, an eye problem that can cause vision loss and blindness.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Elmiron induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with vision loss, blindness, or other eye problems, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is Elmiron?

Elmiron® is a medication that is used to treat interstitial cystitis, also known as “painful bladder syndrome,” and sometimes osteoarthritis. Elmiron has been sold in the U.S. since 1996 and it is now available as a generic medication called pentosan polysulfate or PPS.

Bladder Drug Linked to Blindness

Elmiron has been linked to dozens of reports of people who suffered irreversible vision loss after taking this medication for 10 years or more. Unfortunately, patients and doctors may be unaware of the risk.

Symptoms of Elmiron Eye Problems

  • Vision loss
  • Dim vision
  • Trouble seeing things up close
  • Difficulty reading
  • Difficulty adapting eyes to darkness
  • Dark spot near center of vision (“paracentral scotomas”)
  • Distorted vision (“metamorphopsia”)
  • Blindness

Study Links Emiron and Maculopathy

In 2018, Elmiron was linked to a serious eye side effect called pigmentary maculopathy in a study published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

The authors described 6 patients who had difficulty reading, adjusting their eyes to the dark, and other vision problems after taking Elmiron for a median of 15.5 years.

Dozens of Reports of Elmiron Eye Problems

In March 2019, the authors updated the study to report another 32 possible cases of maculopathy linked to Elmiron. They also warned about “a potential severe toxicity.”

Elmiron Vision Loss is Likely Permanent, Experts Warn

The authors also warned that vision loss from Elmiron is likely permanent: “The vision-threatening pigmentary maculopathy identified in this study is irreversible and vision loss of this nature is not recoverable.”

What is Maculopathy?

Maculopathy, also known as macular degeneration, is an eye disease that damages the center of a person’s field of vision. It is a leading cause of progressive vision loss and blindness.

Pigmentary maculopathy specifically involves damage to the macula, which is a part of the retina that collects highly-detailed images in the center of the eye and sends them to the brain.

What Should I Do?

There is no excuse for drug-makers who fail to warn patients about severe side effects. Patients who suffered vision loss or blindness after taking Elmiron may be eligible to file a lawsuit. These patients may be entitled to seek compensation for their permanent injuries, medical bills, lost income, decreased quality of life, and more.

Do I have an Elmiron Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Elmiron induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with vision loss, blindness, or other eye problems, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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