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Elmiron Eye Disease Risk and Lawsuits

Pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), marketed under the brand name Elmiron, is a drug used for interstitial cystitis, a relatively rare bladder disorder. If you have taken or are taking Elmiron and have experienced eye problems, it’s important to know that researchers have documented cases of Elmiron-related eye disease in some patients with long-term exposure to the drug. In this article, we’ll discuss potential Elmiron eye disease risk and share what patients who have suffered eye damage linked to Elmiron can do to seek justice and compensation.

IMPORTANT: Doctors are urging patients who are using or have used pentosan to get screened by an ophthalmologist. Elmiron may cause eye disease and Elmiron alternatives may be available.

Elmiron Eye Disease Risk and Lawsuits - Riddle & BrantleyThe risk of Elmiron-related eye disease is serious and those who have suffered eye damage due to Elmiron may be entitled to compensation. For a FREE consultation regarding a potential Elmiron eye disease claim, please call 1-800-525-7111.

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Elmiron Eye Disease Risk

In 2018, Dr. Neiraj Jan and his associates published a letter in the Journal of Urology, alerting readers to their findings of retinal pigmentary changes in 6 patients who were undergoing long-term therapy with Elmiron. The researchers found that patients with this condition may have injury to the retina and the underlying retinal pigment epithelium.

The case published focused on 6 female patients with interstitial cystitis who visited their doctors between May 2015 and October 2017 with pigmentary maculopathy. None of the patients had any family history of retinal disease but all had used Elmiron for long periods of time.

Maculopathy of the eye is a progressive disease which affects the center of the retina and can lead to vision loss. This disease is usually found in both eyes and affects a part of the eye in the back of the retina called the macula. The macula controls the ability to read, see detail, recognize faces and colors and focus central vision.

Potential Elmiron-caused eye disease such as pigmentary maculopathy can lead to serious and life-changing conditions such as permanent blindness.

Recent Elmiron Eye Disease Studies

In May 2019, the same team of researchers submitted a new study of ten interstitial cystitis patients who had taken pentosan and experienced macular disease. The most common symptoms were problems with reading and difficulty adapting to dim lighting.  Eye examinations revealed pigmentary maculopathy.

Elmiron Eye Disease Study - Riddle & BrantleyIn October 2019 the first clinical population-based Elmiron study was conducted. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente found of the 140  patients who took Elmiron for at least 5 years, 24% showed eye damage which increased when patients were exposed to higher doses of Elmiron.

The Elmiron lawsuits claim that this drug causes an eye disorder called maculopathy as well as other disorders of the retina that could lead to blindness.  Anyone who took Elmiron and suffered maculopathy or other vision problems may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Elmiron.

Elmiron Eye Disease Lawsuits

Plaintiffs in Elmiron lawsuits accuse the company Janssen Pharmaceuticals of failing to warn the public of the risk of vision problems associated with Elmiron.

Our attorneys are actively investigating these claims. If you’ve suffered eye disease such as pigmentary maculopathy, retinopathy, or scotoma after taking Elmiron, call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

There is no obligation and you won’t pay any attorney fees if we don’t recover compensation for you. There is no risk and we would love to help you if we can.

You may qualify for an Elmiron claim or lawsuit if:

  • You took or have taken Elmiron for more than one year
  • You’ve been diagnosed with an eye disorder or vision problem included in the list below

Qualifying injuries include:

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