Elmiron Eye Damage Lawsuit

This bladder medication has been marketed as safe for decades yet new research points to risks of eye damage and blindness

Quick Facts

  • Biggest Award: First case outcomes still pending
  • Number of Cases: 100
  • Introduction Date: 1996
  • Intended Use: Elmiron is used to treat pain for the bladder condition Interstitial cystitis
  • Side-Effects: Vision loss and retina damage known as pigmentary maculopathy.

What You Need to Know

What Is The Elmiron Case All About: New research shows that long term exposure to the bladder medication Elmiron creates toxins to form in the retina of the eye, causing serious vision problems.

Who Is Impacted By Elmiron? Elmiron is the only drug approved in the United States to treat interstitial cystitis, which causes chronic pain in the bladder and pelvis area and mostly affects women. It is believed that hundreds of thousands of people have taken the drug and may have been exposed to the risk of potentially permanent vision damage.

When was Elmiron Introduced: Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) was introduced in 1996 and it is marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Why is Elmiron Dangerous: Research shows that the vision damage caused by Elmiron toxicity is mostly irreversible, and vision loss is not recoverable.

How To Fight Back Against Elmiron: To see if you or a loved one qualify to fight against Elmiron’s negligence, start by taking a free evaluation to check eligibility for compensation.

The Elmiron Lawsuit

What Happened Exactly?

5 separate research studies between May 2018 and November 2019 show that the drug Elmiron, most commonly prescribed for the bladder condition interstitial cystitis appears to be toxic to the retina (the light sensing tissue at the back of the eye that allows us to see). However there are no warnings at all on the product labelling describing any symptoms or side effects related to any kind of eye damage or problems.

Specifically what the research has brought to light is that long term exposure to Elmiron is causing Retinal cells in the eyes to accumulate a toxic substance. This toxicity can easily be misdiagnosed because the symptoms match very well to other well known retinal conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration or pattern dystrophy. However the most common eye disorder found among those with exposure to elmiron is called maculopathy, which can cause a number of vision problems and even has the ability to lead to blindness.

How Many People Are Affected By This?

Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a medication that is most commonly used to treat a bladder disorder called interstitial cystitis, which often causes urinary tract infections. However the medication has also been prescribed as a treatment for osteoarthritis.
Interstitial cystitis is a condition which causes pressure and chronic pain in the bladder. There is no cause and no cure for this condition. It affects millions of Americans each year and is more common in women. The more doses and years that a patient has taken Elmiron, the more likely that pigmentary maculopathy will develop.
Elmiron is the only medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat interstitial cystitis.

How Have Affected Individuals Fought Back?
If you or a loved have or are currently taking Elmiron it is strongly suggested that you get your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist. If you believe you have suffered vision damage or eye problems then you may be entitled to compensation and join the fight against Janssen Pharmaceuticals for failure to warn about the risks of vision loss and eye damage that are clearly associated with Elmiron usage.

What is Maculaopathy

Maculopathy is an eye disorder affecting the macula (the central part of the retina associated with highly sensitive vision) that can lead to blindness. There are different types of Maculopathy but according to the research of Elmiron usage “pigmentary maculopathy of unknown etiology.” is the specific type associated with users of the medication. If caught in its early stages, the damage may stop after taking the medication. But in late stages, the disease can lead to permanent vision loss. Symptoms of the condition differ slightly among individuals but the most common ones are:
  • Difficulty reading
  • Difficulty adapting to dim lighting or darkness
  • Vision disturbances or distorted vision
  • Blindness
  • Vision dimming
  • Difficulty seeing objects that are close
  • Eye pain

How Can I Join The Lawsuit?

Take a free evaluation to determine eligibility for taking action. You or a loved one must meet the following criteria:

    1. Took or taking the medication Elmiron
    2. Experienced pigmentary maculopathy, blindness, age-related macular degeneration


If eligible, gather and collect relevant paperwork including:

      1. Healthcare paperwork
      2. Any relevant testimony from peers or family members

Discuss the lawsuit potential with a team member

      1. Receive and review a contingency agreement to join a lawsuit
      2. If approved, sign and send the agreement
      3. Begin working with a lawyer to take the fight to Bayer 

There are no fees for starting the process and signing the contingency agreement. Fees will only be assessed in the event of a successful outcome from the lawsuit. 

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