Elmiron (also known as pentosan polysulfate sodium) is prescribed to treat interstitial cystitis, a painful and debilitating bladder condition. However, while this drug was designed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals to address a health need, the company did not properly inform consumers of dangerous side effects. A warning label was not added to the medication until 2020. While side effects are a concern with many prescription drugs, the manufacturer must warn consumers, so they can make an informed choice about their healthcare and treatment.
1The Reason Lawsuits Are Being Filed
One of the most dangerous side effects of Elmiron is that it can negatively impact your vision, possibly leading to blindness such as maculopathy. Those that have been harmed by this drug claim that not only is the drug itself dangerous but that its creator, Janssen Pharmaceuticals was aware of these issues and purposely hid the information. Lawsuits claim that Janssen Pharmaceuticals was purposeful in its actions, keeping the negative test results from everyone who should have been made aware, including the public at large, the medical industry, and governmental entities such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Those who have had their vision harmed are keeping compensation for these permanent injuries.
These lawsuits started to be filed in 2020 with three lawsuits occurring during this period. The injuries claimed by the patients included loss of night vision, vision degradation, retinal injury, retinal hemorrhaging, and other eye-related ailments. Lawsuits have continued to be filed and currently, there are 1,774 cases filed in the federal court system as of September 2022 with litigation forthcoming.
If you have taken Elmiron and have developed issues with your vision, you may be wondering if you are eligible to file a lawsuit and if you should contact an experienced product liability lawyer. Here are some standards to see if you qualify for a lawsuit.
- You have taken Elmiron as prescribed for at least two years.
- You have had to seek medical treatment for health problems related to your vision.
- A medical professional has diagnosed you with vision problems such as retinal maculopathy or macular degeneration.
- You have had vision problems such as difficulty reading, blurry vision, eye pain, reduced night vision, or vision loss.
- Your vision issues started while you were taking Elmiron or within a year of you stopping the use of the medication.
- Your vision problems started on or after the date of January 1st, 2010.
4Filing a Lawsuit
If you think your vision issues have been caused by Elmiron or suspect this may be the case you should contact a product liability lawyer as soon as possible. A legal professional will be able to tell you if you qualify for an Elmiron lawsuits. A lawsuit can help you get compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, reduced quality of life, pain and suffering, and other such issues. If you feel you have been harmed by the negligence of others you deserve to be made whole and have your day in court. Contact a product liability lawyer today to see if you qualify for joining this growing lawsuit.