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Elmiron Drug Recall Lawsuit



Elmiron is a brand name for an anticoagulant drug that is classified as low molecular weight heparin. The drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1996 for the treatment of interstitial cystitis, or IC. This is a condition affecting the bladder that results in chronic pain and impacts urinary frequency. Elmiron is the only approved oral pharmacological treatment for IC, but concerns have arisen about its side effects.


A 2018 report published by the Emory Eye Center indicated that long-term exposure might be toxic to the eye and damage sensitive retinal tissue. Subsequently, another report presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in October 2019 also offered more evidence suggesting the bladder medication could result in a “vision-threatening” eye condition.


The 2019 evidence suggests as many as a quarter of patients who had “significant exposure” to the drug had developed signs of eye damage. Specifically, patients on Elmiron face a substantially increased risk of pigmentary maculopathy, retinal maculopathy or macular degeneration.


In January 2020, the first lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals was filed by affected individuals. The plaintiffs allege both that Elmiron caused unexpected damage to the eye resulting in vision impairment and that Janssen Pharmaceuticals may have been aware of the risk and withheld adverse event reports from the public and from the Food and Drug Administration.


Symptoms of an Elmiron Eye Injury

Elmiron use has been allegedly linked to three primary conditions, including pigmentary maculopathy, retinal maculopathy, and macular degeneration. Symptoms of an eye injury induced by Elmiron include:

  • Blurred vision

  • Distorted vision

  • Eye color changes

  • Increased sensitivity to light

  • Difficulty adjusting to the darkness

  • Difficulty reading

  • Muted colors

  • Straight lines appear curvy

  • Dark spots in your vision

  • Blind spots in your vision

  • Eye pain

  • Vision loss

Exposure to pentosan polysulfate sodium, Elmiron’s active ingredient, has been specifically identified as the sole cause of pigmentary maculopathy. If you are experiencing these symptoms and have been diagnosed with pigmentary maculopathy or a related condition, contact the Elmiron drug recall lawsuit lawyers at Jinks, Crow & Dickson regarding your potential claim.