Pentosan polysulfate sodium, popularly known as Elmiron, is a drug that is meant to treat a chronic bladder condition called Interstitial Cystitis, which results in pain in and around the bladder and the need to relieve yourself with an above-average frequency. If you experience these symptoms contact your doctor immediately.
Problems with Elmiron
Recently, the drug has been the subject of multiple studies over the last 5 years that have linked it to the degenerative eye disease called Pigmentary Maculopathy. The disease affects the macula, which is the central part of the retina that detects light and your central vision. You may have trouble seeing colors and focusing on objects in front of you. While you won’t lose your vision entirely, you can reach a point where you could be considered legally blind.
Unfortunately, experiencing side effects like this can be greatly damaging to your quality of life, and you may be eligible to receive compensation if it can be proven that your condition is a direct result of long-term use of the medication.
In 2019, a woman who had been taking the drug for 7 years and who had experienced a rapid decline in vision over the last year filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, the company who produces the drug, claiming that they knew of adverse side effects and kept the information from the general public and the medical community.
If you have also experienced degeneration of your eyesight, especially if it has been a rapid degeneration, and has been using Elmiron for a significant amount of time, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the company as well. Speaking to a personal injury lawyer will help you figure out what your options are moving forward.
An Attorney Can Protect Your Rights
Having an attorney on your side if you are pursuing a lawsuit against the Elmiron producers can be greatly beneficial. They can walk you through the steps you can take to file a suit and represent you in court if need be. You will most likely be going up against a large corporation that has a vast amount of resources at its disposal, so having a personal injury lawyer on your side can help to level the playing field and give you a better chance of a favorable result to the case.
Your attorney may also be able to help you receive quality medical care if you have not already or if your condition worsens. Speaking to a doctor about your condition and any possible treatments moving forward can be greatly beneficial to your case. A doctor would be able to testify on your behalf and strengthen your side of the case.