Elmiron is a drug that is prescribed to treat interstitial cystitis (IC) and was formerly used to treat osteoporosis. After consuming elmiron for decades, some users report vision and eye problems. James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. will research your case and review your claim for compensation.
What is Elmiron?
Elmiron, whose active ingredient is pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. At one time, Elmiron was used as an anticoagulant, like Warfarin, but weaker. It has also been used to treat osteoarthritis, but it is primarily used today to treat IC (interstitial cystitis), an ailment of the urinary tract which causes pain in the abdomen, pelvic region and genital area.
Elmiron is the only medication currently approved by the FDA for the treatment of IC, sometimes known as “painful bladder syndrome,” a condition which afflicts millions of people in the United States, mostly women. Although Elmiron can reduce pain and discomfort in many cases, it does not cure IC, and patients wind up taking it for years or even decades. Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that Elmiron can cause irreversible eye conditions if taken for too long, such as macular degeneration, pigmentary maculopathy, and retinal maculopathy. These conditions are associated with vision problems including:
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty adjusting to darkness
- Difficulty reading
- Dark spots in the vision
- Loss of visual detail
Janssen and Johnson & Johnson have not recalled this product or included warnings
about vision loss on the product label. Lawsuits have already been brought based
on this failure to warn or recall. At James F. Humphreys & Associates, our experienced lawyers will investigate your case, starting with a free consultation.
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Although there have been reported injuries with this drug, the FDA has not withdrawn its approval at this time. Do not stop taking a prescribed medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor’s advice can result in injury or death.