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

Elmiron Case 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.

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About Elmiron Lawsuit

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.

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Why is there an 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.

Elmiron Side Effects

Researchers have concluded that there are many side effects of Elmiron medication. In its research of Elmiron side effects, the Mayo Clinic has listed dozens of different problems. Some, like abdominal pain and hives, are listed as “rare”, whereas others, like nausea and hair loss (alopecia), are cited as being somewhat more common.

However, the main concern is the long-term side effects of Elmiron that are linked to eye damage, notably, pigmentary maculopathy, an eye disease that can lead to severe – and irreversible – problems like blindness. A report presented to the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2019 cited the toxicity of Elmiron to the retina and reported that around 25% of patients taking Elmiron developed eye problems including reduced night vision and scotoma, blind spots. It’s important to note that some Elmiron long term side effects can go unnoticed for several years, so eye loss and vision issues can still develop in the future.

Elmiron Vision Loss Lawsuit

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

The History of the Elmiron Case

The Elmiron eye damage lawsuit started as separate cases against Elmiron’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. However, it is possible that these Elmiron lawsuits can be consolidated, especially if more claimants continue to come forward. For a long time, the question was: will there be an Elmiron Class Action lawsuit? The answer is no because this case is a mass tort case. Usually, for product liability cases class action lawsuits are rarely the process that takes place, instead, the legal process for these types of cases is Mass Tort Litigation. 

In January 2020, Elmiron lawsuit lawyers filed a mass tort lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals with the aim of establishing a financial “monitoring fund” for people who have suffered eye problems after using Elmiron. But this is just one element of a complex situation with the Elmiron vision loss lawsuit. It’s possible that more lawsuits will be filed, or that more of these cases will be consolidated into mass tort lawsuits. Mass tort lawsuits allow for the pooling of plaintiffs’ resources, but it is important to note that as in any legal action, it’s important to hire the best Elmiron lawsuit law firm if you have suffered eye damage as a result of using Elmiron.

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The Elmiron eye damage lawsuit started as separate cases against Elmiron’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. However, it is possible that these Elmiron lawsuits can be consolidated, especially if more claimants continue to come forward. For a long time, the question was: will there be an Elmiron Class Action lawsuit? The answer is no because this case is a mass tort case. Usually, for product liability cases class action lawsuits are rarely the process that takes place, instead, the legal process for these types of cases is Mass Tort Litigation. 

In January 2020, Elmiron lawsuit lawyers filed a mass tort lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals with the aim of establishing a financial “monitoring fund” for people who have suffered eye problems after using Elmiron. But this is just one element of a complex situation with the Elmiron vision loss lawsuit. It’s possible that more lawsuits will be filed, or that more of these cases will be consolidated into mass tort lawsuits. Mass tort lawsuits allow for the pooling of plaintiffs’ resources, but it is important to note that as in any legal action, it’s important to hire the best Elmiron lawsuit law firm if you have suffered eye damage as a result of using Elmiron.

The Difference Between Mass Tort & Class Action Lawsuits

Most people are familiar with the definition of a class-action lawsuit. In essence, it involves a large group of people pursuing a single claim after suffering the same financial or physical harm. This means that it’s run as an individual case for a group of plaintiffs who will be treated as a single entity. 

A mass tort lawsuit is somewhat different from a class action. One of the major differences is that Mass tort lawsuits treat each individual plaintiff as a separate plaintiff as opposed to a member of a larger lawsuit.  It is still a group action taken against a company or person, but individuals in the case will often have varying circumstances and the injuries will usually have different levels of severity and because of this the settlement awarded will be different for each individual case.

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If an individual took the medication Elmiron and has been diagnosed with pigmentary maculopathy, blindness, or age-related macular degeneration they may be entitled to compensation. There are more qualifying criteria that will be discussed confidentially with a team member after the online pre-qualification evaluation.

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