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Elmiron Drug Accused of Causing Retinal Toxicity In Recent Lawsuit

Lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals claim the company ignored patient and health care worker complaints that Elmiron patients were losing their vision

Friday, September 18, 2020 - A personal injury lawsuit that was recently filed in the United States Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania calls interstitial cystitis and bladder pain drug Elmiron a "dangerously defective prescription drug." The lawsuit filed on behalf of Tina Pisco of Nye County, Nevada claims the plaintiff regularly and consistently used the drug Elmiron (pentosyn polysulfate sodium) to treat her painful bladder syndrome. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff suffered, "severe physical and emotional injuries, including but not limited to loss of vision, including a diagnosis of macular degeneration." The defendant in the case is Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Pennsylvania-domiciled corporation and a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Janssen is being accused of failing to warn patients of the side effects of taking the drug. The lawsuit highlights the Elmiron warning label as shockingly reading: "Warnings: None." Doctors advise patients that they should take the Elmiron for three to six months before expecting any benefits of pain relief. The lawsuit accuses Janssen Pharmaceutical is of being aware of the dangers of taking Elmiron and warning Canadians about the drug's risks stating. "Post-market cases of pigmentary maculopathy have been reported with chronic use of pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS). Visual symptoms in these cases included difficulty reading and prolonged dark adaptation," according to the lawsuit. The company may have also ignored warnings in the form of complaints from patients and health care providers about the eyesight injuries being suffered by those taking Elmiron. The company is accused of continuing to market and profit from sales of the drug and failing to address patient complaints by testing the drug.

Retinal toxicity is a condition that can cause permanent eyesight damage. The retina is an extremely delicate part of the eye with limited blood flow and is vulnerable to the side effects of highly toxic drugs. The lawsuit notes " anti-malarial drug Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is known to be associated with retinal toxicity." Hydroxychloroquine has been accused of causing irreversible retinal damage, and is the same drug that has been in the news recently and touted as a potential treatment for the Coronavirus. If you or a family member have suffered side effects from taking the medication "Elmiron" it is recommended to speak with a national attorney handling Elmiron eye lawsuits and they offer a free consultation with no obligation to file a claim.

Doctors treating women with interstitial cystitis and bladder pain are critical of some doctors that are resigned to the fact that there is no known cause or treatment for the condition other than prescribing Elmiron, a drug with no notable competition. Doctors are prescribing the drug for years or even decades without cause for concern until the patient complains of eyesight damage commonly overlooked as a routine condition of getting older. The May 2020 Elmiron Pisco Complaint cites the opinion of a Dr. Vora telling us that the maximum overall dosage of Elmiron is unknown and that patients taking Elmiron should be required to be screened annually for signs of eyesight damage. Doctors should create a baseline eyesight chart for comparison in the future. Those with failing eyesight should speak with their doctor about discontinuing the medicine.

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