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Lawsuits for Elmiron Users with Vision Loss

Elmiron is a blood thinner manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It is meant to alleviate bladder pain and similar conditions. However, an inordinate amount of Elmiron users have experienced maculopathy and other eye disorders that can result in partial, total, or permanent vision loss.

Did you take Elmiron as prescribed by your doctor and have since been diagnosed with maculopathy or another form of vision loss? You could have a valid claim against Janssen Pharmaceuticals for selling Elmiron without disclosing this serious side effect. Briggle & Polan, PLLC and our Elmiron lawsuit attorneys in Austin can help you explore your rights and decide if you should file a claim in pursuit of fair and maximized compensation for your injuries and hardship.

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What is Maculopathy?

Maculopathy is a difficult-to-treat eye disease that affects the macula, which is a formation in the retina. As a progressive disease, it is expected to gradually worsen in patients, ultimately culminating in permanent blindness.

Symptoms of maculopathy often include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty reading
  • Inability to notice fine details
  • Inability to recognize faces

What Causes Maculopathy of the Eye?

Most cases of maculopathy are believed to be caused by high sugar content in the blood. It can also be caused by abnormal blood toxicity levels, which can be triggered by dangerous pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs, like Elmiron.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology conducted a study in 2019 to review the connections between Elmiron use and maculopathy. A second study in early 2020 was conducted to verify the first study’s findings. In both cases, the researchers determined that the pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS) in Elmiron could cause the “development of toxic maculopathy” with long-term use or high dosages.

Given that Elmiron is mostly used to alleviate interstitial cystitis (IC) symptoms, and that IC has no cure, many Elmiron users were prescribed higher and higher dosages during annual or semi-annual visits to their doctors. As a result, it is assumed that thousands of Elmiron users have likely taken the drug for a long enough duration or in large enough dosages to cause maculopathy.

Why Janssen Pharmaceuticals Could Be Liable

Drug manufacturers have a duty to inform consumers and medical communities of all potential side effects of its products, regarding both short-term and long-term side effects. While Elmiron’s packaging and marketing materials do list side effects, there is no mention of how it might cause maculopathy. Concerns that PPS could cause degenerative eye diseases have existed for years, with the first official study connecting PPS to retina damage occurring in early 2018. Yet Janssen Pharmaceutical never took any steps to recall Elmiron, study the drug further, or even warn the public of those findings.

Damages you might be able to demand in your Elmiron lawsuit include:

  • Medical costs associated with treating your damaged eyesight
  • Costs of Elmiron prescriptions throughout the years
  • Wages lost after becoming blind and being unable to work
  • Changes to your household to accommodate new blindness
  • Emotional trauma endured due to losing your eyesight
  • Lessened overall enjoyment of life

You Don’t Pay Unless We Win Your Claim

You deserve compassionate and effective legal representation when enduring a hardship as life-changing as losing your eyesight to a defective drug. Our team of Austin Elmiron attorneys from Briggle & Polan, PLLC would be honored to give you the strength required to stand up to Big Pharma and demand justice, just as we have done for so many people in the past. We understand that you are going through enough right now without worrying about the fine details of your case as it progresses. To try to make things easier for you, we can travel to your home for meetings, and we offer contingency fee agreements for most claims. Under a contingency fee agreement, you do not owe us any attorney fees until we win your case by securing a positive settlement or verdict amount!

Contact us about your Elmiron lawsuit today. We accept calls 24/7 – dial (512) 400-3278 whenever you wish.

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