by Dr. Kiran Khanzada

Elmiron Lawsuits: Claims, Recalls & Settlements

Our Elmiron lawsuit lawyers can help you get a settlement for your vision loss problem.

Individual cases and class action lawsuits are being filed for this dangerous drug. You can sue the Janssen Pharmaceutical drug company if you suffered blindness or eye damage from the prescription medication.

If you took Elmiron and were diagnosed with macuplopathy or other vision loss problems, you should contact us immediately.

Our top-rated lawyers provide free confidential case reviews. We do not charge any fees or costs unless you get a settlement check.

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About the Prescription Drug Elmiron

Elmiron is the brand name for drug Pentosan. Doctors prescribe the medication to treat interstitial cystitis. This condition is more commonly known as painful bladder syndrome or bladder pain syndrome.

Patients often take Elmiron continuously for years or decades. The drug is a weak blood thinner and works as a bladder protectant to treat bladder discomfort.

The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1995. The popular prescribed medication has sales of more than $150 million a year.

Did the Elmiron have a Warning Label for Vision Loss Problems?

The pharmaceutical company did not provide a warning label that the drug could cause blindness and other vision problems. In fact, it had no warnings.

However, in 2018, multiple published medical studies demonstrated the drug was linked to permanent and an irreversible visual condition.

Despite this information, the drug maker did not warn consumers, physicians, or pharmacists of this problem.

Men and women with vision loss from Elmiron are suing Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The lawsuits demand settlement compensation payouts for your damages.

What are the Side Effects of Elmiron?

Like all prescription medications, Elmiron has some known side effects, including:

  • Bruising and discoloration of skin.
  • Stomach issues, including diarrhea.
  • Digestive problems, including gastroesophageal reflux.
  • Dizziness and headaches.
  • Skin problems, like rashes.
  • Problems with sleeping.

These side effects are problematic and frustrating, but not as life-changing as a loss of vision.

Recent studies have shown that use of Elmiron can lead to vision damage and blindness.

U.S. Vision Loss & Blindness Statistics

More than 3.3 million Americans aged 40 years and older are either legally blind or are with low vision, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The leading causes of blindness and low vision in the United States are primarily age-related eye diseases, including:

  • Age-related macular degeneration.
  • Cataract.
  • Diabetic retinopathy.
  • Glaucoma.

Other common eye disorders include amblyopia and strabismus.

According to the CDC, age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of permanent impairment of reading and fine or close-up vision among people aged 65 years and older.

It is estimated that 1.8 million Americans aged 40 years and older are affected by age-related macular degeneration and an additional 7.3 million with large drusen are at substantial risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. The number of people with AMD is estimated to reach 2.95 million in 2020.

Women generally have a longer life expectancy than men and are therefore more likely to develop age-related eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, according to the National Eye Institute.

The bar chart below shows the percentage breakdown of age-related macular degeneration cases between men and women in 2010.

Elmiron maculopathy vision loss lawsuit - Buckfire Law

Does Elmiron Cause Vision Loss Problems?

Several medical studies have found that long term use of Elmiron has been linked to vision problems and blindness, including maculopathy.

Maculopathy is a condition that affects the macula. This is the central part of the retina responsible for delivering highly sensitive, accurate vision.

The retinal condition is characterized by a progressive loss of central vision. It usually affects both eyes and impairs vision function.

The form of macular degeneration attributed to taking Elmiron is called “pigmentary maculopathy of unknown etiology.”

Common Symptoms of Maculopathy

Maculopathy or macular degeneration is painless. The initial symptoms include a distortion of images. Examples are if an object looks deformed or smaller than its actual size.

As the disease progresses, symptoms include:

  • Impaired vision.
  • Total loss of vision, or blindness.
  • Difficulty reading.
  • Difficulty adapting to dim lighting, especially night vision.
  • Vision disturbances or distorted vision.
  • Eye discomfort and pain.

Can Using Elmiron Cause Maculopathy?

In 2018, researchers at the Emory Eye Center at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta alerted the public that taking Elmiron is linked to the retinal condition, maculopathy.

Nieraj Jain, M.D., of Emory Eye Center in Atlanta, Ga., reported that six patients who had been taking Elmiron for about 15 years had developed unusual changes in their macula.

The researchers investigated the complete medical histories of the patients to determine if other medical conditions, like diabetes, caused the condition. However, the only common link for these patients was the long use of Elmiron.

Dr. Jain and his colleagues then warned flag that long-term use of Elmiron may damage the retina. This could lead to vision loss and permanent blindness.

Other medical studies have resulted in similar findings that Elmiron is linked to maculopathy and other eye damage diseases.

How Do I Sue the Drug Company for my Vision Loss?

You may be able to sue the drug company that makes and sells Elmiron. If you were a long-term user of Elmiron and suffered vision damage, including maculopathy, you may be eligible for the lawsuit.

Elmiron lawsuits allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals harmed patients by failing to warn them of the potential complication of vision loss and blindness.

Drug manufacturers are required to put serious complications on product warning labels so consumers are aware of the medication risks.

Researchers at Emory University investigated the early clinical trials of the prescription from back in the 1990s. They found that almost 2,500 patients who took the drug for up to four years had vision problems.

Despite study results from respected medical institutions, the makers of Elmiron failed to place any warnings on the label. It also did not give information about vision loss to prescribing physicians.

Based upon these factors, many people are suing the Elmiron drug company for damage to their eyes and vision. You may be able to sue the company as well.

Eligibility Criteria for the Elmiron Drug Lawsuit

For every dangerous drug lawsuit, there is a set of criteria to qualify for a claim.

Currently, the criteria to file a claim is:

  • You must have used the prescription medication for a minimum of at least two years.
  • Changes in your vision must start while taking Elmiron, or occur and be diagnosed within one year of stopping use of Elmiron.

If you are unsure whether you meet the criteria or qualify for the case, contact our Elmiron lawsuit lawyers immediately.

How Do I File an Elmiron Lawsuit?

The first step is to contact a prescription drug lawsuit attorney to discuss your case. Our experienced lawyers will listen to your story to determine if you meet the case criteria.

If you suffered blindness, vision loss, or maculopathy caused by your use of Elmiron, you are eligible to file a lawsuit or join a class action lawsuit.

Our legal team will request all of your medical records to support your case. These records will prove that you were prescribed the drug and took the dosages prescribed by your doctor.

The records will also show that your vision loss cannot be attributed to other medical conditions. Your specific eye damage will also be confirmed by the chart.

We will also get your pharmacy records. These records prove that you took the medication and the length of time it was prescribed to you.

Once we have full medical support to prove your claim, we will file your lawsuit to demand compensation for your condition.

Have There Been any Elmiron Settlements?

The Elmiron litigation is new so there are no settlements yet. For most drug lawsuits, the cases can take several years from start to finish.

In most cases, you will not have to go to court or even have a deposition taken. Your settlement will be based on the medical and pharmacy records.

What is the Compensation in a Dangerous Drug Lawsuit?

Every dangerous drug lawsuit is different and there is no “typical” or “average” settlement. The amount of compensation depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The strength of liability against the pharmaceutical company.
    • This is based upon the legal, medical, and scientific evidence.
  • The total settlement payout amount.
    • The drug maker often proposes a large, lump sum settlement amount to be divided among all litigants.
  • The number of claimants in the lawsuit.
    • Settlement shares are divided between all lawsuit participants.
  • The specific harm suffered by each person.
    • Not every litigant receives the same amount.
    • Claimants with more severe injuries get more money.
    • Most settlements also address the medical expenses, lost income, and other financial losses suffered by the patient.

For cases involving blindness and loss of vision, these damages are significant.

The loss of vision is life-altering for a person and family. It affects how people live their daily life, perform ordinary functions, and live independently.

Our award-winning pharmaceutical lawsuit attorneys believe Elmiron lawsuits will provide substantial settlement payouts to victims.

Do I Need a Lawyer to File an Elmiron Claim?

Although you could try to file your own claim, it is very difficult to do so for cases involving drug side effects.

Cases from around the entire United States are consolidated in certain regions of the country. Additionally, the courts typically appoint a few law firms as lead counsel for the case.

It is very difficult for a person without legal representation to receive a settlement.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Lawyer?

It does not cost any money to file an Elmiron claim or join the lawsuit. There is also no money to start your case.

Our law firm will represent you on a no win, no fee basis. You will not be charged any legal fees unless you win a settlement. And, we only get paid our fee when you receive your settlement check at the end of the case.

Contact our Elmiron Lawsuit Lawyers

If you or a loved one has used Elmiron and have experienced vision loss problems, contact Drug Lawsuit Source today.

We work with a team of the top pharmaceutical lawyers in the United States to help victims of dangerous drugs. There are time limits to file prescribed medication lawsuits, so it’s best to act as quickly as possible.

Call today for a free case review.

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