Elmiron's Connection To Severe Eye Damage

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Elmiron’s Connection To Severe Eye Damage

Since being approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996, hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting victims have been exposed to Elmiron’s toxicity. Elmiron is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and is the only drug approved for treating pain connected to interstitial cystitis, also known as painful bladder syndrome. Elmiron works by coating the bladder to help guard against bladder discomfort and irritation. Nevertheless, the drug’s active ingredient pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS) has been linked to a type of retinal damage called unique pigmentary maculopathy. Various studies conducted revealed that approximately 25% of patients with considerable Elmiron consumption displayed some eye damage, and the drug’s toxicity often masquerades as other common retinal disorders.

Unfortunately, even years after patients discontinue use of the drug, their maculopathy continues to worsen. Many victims who have suffered retinal damage, after taking Elmiron, have initiated claims to hold Janssen liable for their indifference to consumers’ well-being in pursuit of higher profits. Plaintiffs allege that the manufacturer failed to properly warn them about the risk of vision problems associated with the drug. If you, or a loved one, have suffered serious vision complications or worse after being prescribed Elmiron, although no amount of money can erase your pain and suffering, you may have the right to file a product liability lawsuit. Victims may be eligible to receive monetary compensation for their past and future medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, permanent disability, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment, and any other unanticipated damages. Moreover, your case can help force Janssen to take responsibility for their indifference to human health and resulting eye injuries. It often takes expensive litigation to encourage drug manufacturers to be more concerned about consumers’ well-being.

Every day Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his elite team of Elmiron-related macular degeneration attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. strive to provide the highest level of personal injury service to victims suffering from eye complications, after being exposed to Elmiron. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. over $175,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements to resolve personal injury claims. Contact our highly experienced law firm today at 716-839-3939 or by filling out the online consultation form. Our best of the best team is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week and there is never a fee unless we WIN for you!

Elmiron Associated With Macular Degeneration

Recent medical studies have found a substantial connection between Elmiron and a condition called macular degeneration or maculopathy. Macular degeneration is an age-related eye disease that worsens over time. The condition can occur when the macula, the small central part of the retina, wears down. The retina is the nerve tissue at the back of your eye that is responsible for light-sensing, seeing clearly, and producing highly sensitive images. Scientists at Emory University uncovered that a dangerously high percentage of patients being treated for painful bladder syndrome suffered from macular degeneration.

More than 1 million Americans, mostly women, suffer from interstitial cystitis every year. Coincidently, scientists established that all of the patients who developed Macular degeneration were women. Further studies performed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Kaiser Permanente confirmed Elmiron’s relationship with Macular degeneration and found that the longer the medication was used, the higher the risk that the patient had of developing maculopathy. Before these studies were made public, researchers thought that physicians were erroneously diagnosing patients taking Elmiron with age-related Macular degeneration and macular/pattern dystrophy. Nevertheless, now we are aware that it is a distinctive retinal injury caused by Elmiron.



What Should Patients Prescribed Elmiron Watch Out For?

maculopathy Patients who suffer from maculopathy often undergo prolonged light to dark adaptation. In other words, it takes much longer for the patient to adjust from being in the light to go in the dark and vice versa. Additionally, patients may suffer from a condition called Metamorphopsia, which is caused by problems with the retina, particularly the macula. Metamorphopsia is a type of visual distortion that causes linear objects, such as lines on a grid, to appear rounded, curvy, or even blank. Besides the above eye problems, patients suffering from AMD may experience a variety of complications, including:

  1. Dimming eyesight;
  2. Difficulty seeing at night;
  3. Seeing less vivid colors or loss of color perception;
  4. Difficulty reading;
  5. Seeing dark spots in the central visual field; and
  6. Blurred vision, often in the middle of the patient’s line of sight.

Chronic exposure to Elmiron has also been linked to retinopathy, macular retinopathy, and retinal pigment epithelium atrophy. If you, or a loved one, have suffered any eye issues after taking Elmiron it is extremely important to contact your doctor and then call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s seasoned eye injury attorneys. Jed Dietrich, Esq. has been handling serious personal injury and product liability cases for over 20 years and possesses both the experience and verified results to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our veteran team is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week by calling 716-839-3939. We are the aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking personal injury lawyers who are ready to fight for the justice and compensation that you deserve!

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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