Elmiron, or pentosan polysulfate sodium, is an oral prescription drug used to treat discomfort or bladder pain associated with interstitial cystitis, or IC, a chronic condition that causes bladder pain and pressure. The most common side effects of Elmiron are hair loss, diarrhea and nausea. Headache, abdominal pain and upset stomach may also occur. Currently, it’s the only oral drug approved to treat bladder pain and discomfort associated with IC, and it’s not available in generic. Since its release, it’s estimated that hundreds of thousands of people have used the drug. Most people who use the drug are women, and the drug is most often used long-term.
Elmiron lawsuits claim the drug causes an eye disorder called maculopathy and other disorders of the retina that may lead to blindness. Research presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2019 by Drs. Robin A. Vora, Amar P. Patel, and Ronald Melles revealed that patients taking Elmiron showed clear signs of toxicity. Plaintiffs in Elmiron lawsuits accuse Janssen Pharmaceuticals of failing to properly warn the public about the risk of vision problems. Recent studies linked the interstitial cystitis (IC) drug, also known as pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), to ocular toxicity and irreversible vision damage.
If Elmiron was responsible for your injury, blindness, or other symptoms, you may legally deserve compensation for your losses, which could include:
We know how expensive, emotionally damaging, and physically traumatic injuries like these can be can be. We also know that drug companies must be held responsible for their errors in order to create a safer and more just world. We want to stand up with you against these negligent businesses to make certain that these mistakes don’t harm future patients.
It can be difficult to know if post-medication complications were caused by a defective drug like Elmiron. The best way to learn more about your case is to speak with an experienced defective drug attorney about the details of your case.
At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping those harmed by negligent medical companies. One of the ways we show our dedication is by offering those affected by Elmiron a free, private consultation with one of our attorneys. To schedule your meeting, please contact us today via contact form or call (617) 362-4713.