Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, has been hit with lawsuits over the harmful side effects of Elmiron® (pentosan polysulfate sodium), which the pharmaceutical company failed to disclose to the professional medical community. These side effects include eye damage, vision loss, and blindness. Since the professional medical community was not warned of these dangers, Elmiron® was regarded as a safe and effective treatment for interstitial cystitis (IC), a painful, chronic bladder condition. As a result, many patients living with IC were prescribed Elmiron® as a first-line treatment.
Some Patients Who Took Elmiron® Now Suffer from Vision Problems
The discourse surrounding Elmiron® changed when ophthalmologists at the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta, Georgia encountered six different female patients who were all suffering from the same vision problems in 2015. After conducting advanced retinal imaging on these patients, these doctors found it was a condition they had not come across before called pigmentary maculopathy, a degenerative disorder of the eye. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Color change of the retina
- Blurred vision
- Distorted vision
- Dark spots in the middle of the field of vision
- Muted, or less vivid, colors
- Trouble reading
- Trouble adjusting to dim lighting, or night blindness
Doctors found that all six of these patients had been taking Elmiron® for years. This led scientists to investigate the link in a 2018 study, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology followed with its own study in 2019. Both studies’ findings supported the link between the prescription drug and the development of maculopathy. Despite this, the drug remains approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sadly, this means that there could be many other patients taking Elmiron® who do not know of the risks it carries.
If you or a loved one was prescribed Elmiron® and is now experiencing these harmful effects, our legal team at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. wants to fight for you. Pharmaceutical companies should be held accountable for their negligence, and legal action needs to be taken to prevent other patients from being injured in the same manner. We are well-aware of how traumatizing it can be to be subjected to such harm, which is why we are committed to providing honest, caring, and compassionate legal representation. Our firm has offices across Mississippi in Jackson, Tupelo, and Hattiesburg.
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