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Elmiron has been a popular medication in the United States for decades. Yet, the recent news and litigation surrounding it suggest that the long-term use of the drug could have possible links to vision loss, retinal damage, and blindness. Maculopathy, a condition that can cause permanent vision impairment, has been linked to the drug. Consumers of Elmiron who used the drug and subsequently experienced vision-related issues may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturers.


Some common injuries related to Elmiron include:


  • Reduced night vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Vision loss and impairment
  • Retinopathy
  • Different types of maculopathy
  • Pigmented retina

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What Is Elmiron?

Elmiron, also known as pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), is a drug used to treat pain and discomfort related to interstitial cystitis (IC), a chronic bladder condition. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a daily oral medication. Although the drug is prescribed for both men and women, it is more commonly prescribed for women. Elmiron works by creating a thin layer inside the wall of the bladder, thus, protecting it from irritating substances in the urine that cause pain and discomfort. The drug is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Currently, it is the only drug available in the market to treat pain and discomfort associated with bladder problems. Its generic version is not available, and the drug has not been recalled yet. The drug is mostly used long-term.

    Lawsuits Against Elmiron Manufacturer

    The lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals claim that the drug manufacturer knew about potential risks of vision impairment associated with the drug but failed to warn the public.

    Research conducted by the American Institute of Ophthalmology shows that patients who consumed Elmiron displayed visible symptoms of toxicity.


    Will I Qualify for Filing an Elmiron Lawsuit?

    Depending on individual circumstances, a person may qualify for compensation against the manufacturer of Elmiron. Factors such as the duration of the usage and the time of development of the injuries might be considered while determining one’s claim for damages against Janssen.

    If eligible, victims can make compensation claims for medical and hospital bills, lost income and wages, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and any resulting disability. The primary claim against the manufacturer alleges that it failed to warn consumers about the possible risks. Many doctors would not have prescribed it and many patients may not have taken it if they were aware of the associated risks.

    Currently, multi-district litigation (MDL) claims against Elmiron are being pursued in the District of New Jersey. Unlike class-action lawsuits, these MDLs allow a plaintiff to carry on with their individual claims for compensation within combined federal litigation.


    Filing a Lawsuit Against the Manufacturer of Elmiron

    If you or a loved one consumed Elmiron and subsequently developed any of the above injuries or symptoms, you may have a product liability claim against Elmiron manufacturer companies.

    At Stewart & Stewart, our team of experienced product liability attorneys who will help you to evaluate your case. We offer a free consultation to determine if you are eligible to file a personal injury case tied to Elmiron use.

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