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Do I Qualify: Elmiron Eye Damage Lawsuit

If you were injured as a result of using Elmiron, you may be entitled to compensation from an eye disease lawsuit. By contacting an Elmiron eye damage class action lawsuit lawyer, you can get a free case review to see whether or not you may be entitled to compensation and how to move forward with your claim. By reading on, you can learn everything that you need to know about Elmiron and the lawsuit against this company.

Learning about Elmiron

Elmiron, which is also known as pentosan polysulfate sodium, is a type of medication that is used to treat interstitial cystitis that affects over 1 million people in the U.S. Most of the sufferers of this disorder are women. This medication is currently the only FDA-approved medication able to treat this disorder. This medication is also used to treat osteoarthritis and urinary tract infections as well.

In June 2020, the FDA made a written request to the manufacturers to add “Retinal Pigmentary Changes” to the warning label of this medication. The manufacturer obliged and the new label states there is a risk of pigmentary maculopathy associated with long-term use of this product. However, some would argue that this label should have been included years ago, when it was first noticed in patients and had a study released on this topic in 2018.

Understanding the Elmiron Eye Damage Class Action Lawsuit

As more research was done on this, it turns out that the manufacturer of Elmiron, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, might have known about the potential risks associated with using their medication and failed to warn the public about it. The fact is that it’s now discovered that there are millions of people who take this medication and are unaware that they could potentially lose their vision from it.

There’s no definitive number of people who are suffering from this and other health conditions because of this medication. That’s why there are lawsuits starting to pile up against the manufacturer.

Side Effects Caused by Elmiron

The biggest side effect caused by this medication is vision damage, but there are other symptoms that you may notice while taking Elmiron including:

  • Difficulty reading
  • Difficulty adapting to any dark conditions
  • Paracentral scotoma, areas where there’s vision loss within the field of vision
  • Difficulty seeing objects close-up
  • Vision that’s dimming
  • Blurred vision in the center of your vision
  • Less vivid or muted colors
  • Change in the retina’s color
  • Difficulty adjusting to dimming lighting

Macular degeneration, also known as maculopathy, refers to any type of disease that impacts the macula. This is the central part of your retina, which is responsible for distinguishing fine details, a majority of the color vision, and all of your central vision. You will not suffer complete blindness as a result of maculopathy, but you can suffer from extensive vision loss that can negatively impact your daily life.

Compensation You May Be Entitled To

If you were a patient that was taking Elmiron and you suffered from vision loss, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. The compensation that you may be entitled to includes:

  • Past and future medical expenses related to your injury.
  • Past and future pain and suffering as a result of your injuries, physical and mental pain.
  • Past and future lost wages, if applicable.
  • Any other economic losses that you suffered as a result of your injuries.
  • Any punitive damages, if appropriate.

Connection Between Elmiron and Maculopathy

Now it’s time to take a closer look at the connection between the medication Elmiron and maculopathy. A study in 2019 was published in the Journal of Urology, which concluded that “potentially avoidable retinal degeneration phenomenon” was potentially associated with long-term exposure to Elmiron. Researchers in this study concluded that this medication caused structural changes to the patient’s retinal pigmented layer.

This is significant because the retina is an important part of the back of your eye, which is responsible for sensing light. This is what helps people to see properly.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) also published a study in October 2019, which showed that Elmiron appeared to be toxic to the retina. This study also estimated that around 1/4th of patients who took Elmiron would suffer from some type of maculopathy. This study also discovered that the Elmiron toxicity could also potentially hide as another retinal condition, including age-related macular degeneration.

While the experts have noticed that there is a link between the two, there’s no real answer as to why this is the case.

Hiring a Lawyer

Want to join a class action lawsuit against Elmiron? You need to be sure that you have an experienced lawyer on your side. You could join a class action lawsuit yourself, but it can be an extremely complex case. To get the best possible outcomes, you need to get an experienced class action lawyer to help you through this complicated process.

Compile your medical records and bring them to your lawyer. You can get a free consultation where they will look over your case and evidence to determine whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. If you do, they will begin working on your case, compiling all the essential evidence that you need to strengthen your case. They will work with you throughout the entire process, letting you know what’s going on every step of the way to keep you informed.

Conclusion

The Injury Firm is here to help you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. The devastation that can be caused in cases like this can impact you financially, emotionally, and physically. You need to have a lawyer on your side that has the knowledge and experience to get the best outcomes for your case and who will fight with your best interests at heart. Our years of experience in these types of lawsuits give us the expertise to fight for you and get you the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to see how our team can help you.

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