Elmiron is a prescription medication used to treat interstitial cystitis, commonly known as painful bladder syndrome. However, recent studies have shown that those who take Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) have an increased risk of developing a degenerative eye disease called pigmentary maculopathy. This causes irreversible eye damage that can have a devastating effect on victims. Here, the Louisville personal injury lawyers at Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC, wants to discuss this medication. If you need an Elmiron eye injury attorney in Louisville or anywhere throughout Kentucky, we are standing by to help.
After suffering from the adverse effects of a prescription medication, you need assistance from an attorney with experience handling these cases. Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC is here to help.
Elmiron is the only FDA-approved medication used to treat painful bladder syndrome. However, Dr. Nieraj Jain, a researcher at the Emory Eye Center at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, discovered that there was a link between Elmiron and degenerative eye disease. While Dr. Jain’s Study was released in 2018, his findings were backed up by other researchers who presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in San Francisco in 2019.
Researchers have found that those who take Elmiron can experience a buildup of pentosan polysulfate sodium in the area of the retina that is associated with highly sensitive and accurate vision. Some of the most common symptoms of those who contract pigmentary maculopathy caused by Elmiron include the following:
After seemingly ignoring the research, the manufacturer of Elmiron, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., recently announced that they will place a label on the medication to indicate that it could cause irreversible eye damage.
There have been several lawsuits filed throughout the country on behalf of those who have sustained eye damage after taking this medication. Most of the plaintiffs in these cases allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals should have known of the risks that Elmiron posed to patients.
If you or somebody you love has taken the prescription medication Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) and sustained eye damage, you may be entitled to compensation. At Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC, our attorneys will work diligently to investigate your case so we can secure any compensation you are entitled to. This can include:
When you need an Elmiron attorney in Louisville, or anywhere in Kentucky, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 502-589-2700.