01 Sep 2023

Elmiron Lawsuit Update

Elmiron is the name for an anticoagulant that is used in the treatment of interstitial cystitis (IC), a condition that affects the bladder and leads to pain and urinary frequency. It is the only medicine approved for the treatment of IC. The problem is that there is evidence to suggest that there is a link to pigmentary maculopathy, retinal maculopathy, or macular degeneration.

The first lawsuit was filed against Elmiron’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, in 2020 by users of the product alleging that Elmiron caused damage to the eyes of the plaintiffs resulting in vision impairments. The plaintiffs allege that Janssen may have been aware of the risks and failed to alert the public.

Can I Join the Lawsuit?

To meet the criteria to file, you must have been using the product for a period of at least two years. You must have been or are experiencing vision problems like: blurred or distorted vision, difficulty adjusting to darkness, reading difficulties, eye pain or vision loss that happened after January 1st of 2020. You must have sought medical treatments for issues and were diagnosed with pigmentary maculopathy, retinal maculopathy, or macular degeneration while taking Elmiron or within one year of discontinuing use of the medication.

If you believe you may be eligible for the Elmiron Lawsuit, consult an attorney for detail as to how you may be able to proceed.

What are the Symptoms?

The three eye conditions listed above may present with several possible symptoms if brought on by an eye injury that is allegedly linked to Elmiron, including:

  • Blind spots in your vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Dark spots in your vision
  • Difficulty adjusting to darkness.
  • Difficulty reading
  • Distorted vision
  • Eye color changes
  • Eye pain
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Muted colors
  • Straight lines appear curvy.
  • Vision loss

Pentosan polysulphate sodium is Elmiron’s active ingredient and has been identified as the sole cause of pigmentary maculopathy. If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms above and have been diagnosed with pigmentary maculopathy or a related condition, you may qualify to file a lawsuit.

How can I be sure that my vision was damaged by Elmiron?

For starters, you must have a diagnosis from a qualified medical professional who determines if you have experienced Elmiron-related vision damage. The diagnosis will help you determine if you should file a claim. Medical records will serve as evidence in a Janssen Pharmaceuticals lawsuit, should you decide to seek compensatory damages from Janssen. These diagnoses of Elmiron-related damage are often misdiagnosed as age-related macular deterioration, so be sure you tell your doctor about your exposure to Elmiron in order to receive an accurate diagnosis if you are having visual issues.

Reasons to file

If you are experiencing eye problems related to exposure to Elmiron, you may be eligible to receive compensation for punitive damages, emotional distress, medical bills, pain and suffering and loss of wages. The amount of compensation you may be eligible to receive will rely on the amount of damages sustained as a result of prolonged exposure to the product. If you want to file a claim against Janssen Pharmaceuticals speak with legal counsel to determine if you are a candidate to join the lawsuit, but be sure you have viable evidence and the proper documentation to file your lawsuit.