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The amount of compensation depends on the injury, severity of injury, and number of other factors. Therefore, we can expect settlements to vary greatly case-by-case. The average Elmiron lawsuit settlement is expected to range from anywhere between $10,000 & $600,000 per client.

Yes. Elmiron usage has been link to a number of adverse health effects including blindness, maculopathy, and other vision problems.

There is a class-action lawsuit filed against Elmiron manufacturers. However, consumers who have suffered injuries related to Elmiron are eligible to participate in the Elmiron multi district litigation (MDL).

Elmiron is prescribed to treat pain from the bladder disorder interstitial cystitis.

The lawsuit against Elmiron claims that patients who used Elmiron over extended periods of time to treat interstitial cystitis were unknowingly put at risk of maculopathy and other eye disorders.

Yes. Elmiron puts users at risk of developing maculopathy, a degenerative eye disease that is the most common cause of blindness in the United States. The type of maculopathy linked to Elmiron is called pigmentary maculopathy.

Elmiron Lawsuit Information

Elmiron, or pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), is a medication prescribed to treat pain and discomfort associated with the chronic bladder condition known as interstitial cystitis (IC). While the drug has been prescribed for decades, new studies and reports have tied long-term Elmiron use to possible retinal damage, vision loss, and blindness. Patients who took Elmiron showed unusual changes to their macula, the center of the retina responsible for clear, focused vision. Hundreds of thousands of Americans who took Elmiron could be at risk of developing maculopathy, a disease that can cause permanent vision damage.

Elmiron lawsuits have been filed, claiming that the drug causes maculopathy and other eye disorders leading to blindness. Individuals who took Elmiron and suffered vision-related side effects may be eligible to file a claim against the drug’s manufacturers. Contact an Elmiron vision loss lawyer from TorHoerman Law to learn how you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries.

Patients who were prescribed Elmiron and developed maculopathy and vision problems have accused Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s manufacturer, of failing to warn the public about the risks of ocular toxicity and potentially permanent vision damage or loss. In 2019, the American Academy of Ophthalmology researchers presented findings that showed links between PPS use and vision-threatening eye conditions and changes in the macula. If you were prescribed Elmiron and developed changes in your vision, you could be eligible for an Elmiron vision loss and blindness lawsuit. Contact an Elmiron vision loss lawyer to learn more.


What is Elmiron?

Elmiron is an FDA-approved daily oral medication that is prescribed to treat bladder discomfort and pain associated with interstitial cystitis (IC). The medication, also known as pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), is thought to create a thin layer in the wall of the bladder to protect it against irritating and potentially harmful substances found in the urine. Elmiron is prescribed for both women and men suffering from IC, but IC is more commonly prescribed for women.

What is the drug Elmiron used for?

Elmiron is used to treat pain and discomfort associated with interstitial cystitis, a chronic, painful bladder syndrome.


Is there a Substitute for Elmiron?

Currently, there is no generic medication that can be found in pharmacies and used as an alternative to Elmiron. The FDA warns agains using any illegally sold medications that advertise themselves as a substitute for Elmiron.

Is Elmiron Recalled?

Despite medical studies displaying tangible evidence of the danger presented by Elmiron, the drug has not faced a recall.

Despite evidence linking Elmiron to a number of adverse health risks, including maculopathy, retinal damage, vision, loss, and blindness, Elmiron has not been recalled and is still available in the market.

If you or a loved one has been prescribed Elmiron, talk to your doctor about whether there are safer alternatives available to you.

If you have suffered injuries related to Elmiron, talk to your doctor about whether it is safe to discontinue using the drug.


Elmiron Side Effects

Janssen Pharmaceuticals lists common Elmiron side effects as:

  • hair loss
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • blood in the stool
  • headache
  • rash
  • upset stomach
  • abnormal liver functions
  • dizziness
  • bruising
  • weight gain
  • swelling


Elmiron Dangers

Janssen did not issue warnings about potential vision damage or loss. The American Academy of Ophthalmology report noted patients might also experience additional symptoms. These symptoms could include:

  • drug toxicity
  • vision loss
  • problems with vision focus and reading
  • macula / retinal damage (maculopathy)
  • difficulty adjusting to dim/dark lighting



Reporting Elmiron Side Effects

To help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) track safety issues regarding Elmiron, the agency encourages both health professionals and patients to report any adverse reactions and side effects to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Information can be submitted through:

  • The MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form
  • Contacting the FDA at 855-543-DRUG (3784) and pressing 4, or at
  • Downloading the form, or calling 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then submitting the completed form by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178 or on the listed return address. 


Can Elmiron Cause Blindness?

A study presented at the 2019 American Academy of Ophthalmology linked Elmiron to maculopathy, an eye disease that affects the central part of the retina. Investigators from Kaiser Permanente in Northern California found that Elmiron uses led to retinal damage in close to 25 percent of patients. Maculopathy causes progressive loss of central vision (often bilateral) and is one of the most common causes of blindness in the western world. However, maculopathy rarely causes complete blindness as bilateral vision is usually preserved.


Elmiron Linked to Maculopathy

Research presented at the 2019 American Academy of Ophthalmology linked Elmiron use to the development of maculopathy, a vision-threatening eye condition.

Maculopathy, also known as macular degeneration, is a disease that affects the macula, the central part of the eye’s retina. Maculopathy is characterized by a gradual loss of central vision and vision distortion.

In the research, investigators from Kaiser Permanente in Northern California found that taking Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) led to retinal damage in nearly 25 percent of patients. The findings came after a 2018 study reported similar conclusions. An M.D. at Emory Eye Center in Atlanta found that six patients who had been taking Elmiron for close to 15 years developed uncommon changes in the macula. The Kaiser Permanente research also found that Elmiron patients showed clear signs of drug toxicity and that higher rates of toxicity correlated with higher doses of Elmiron.


What are the Symptoms of Maculopathy?

Maculopathy (macular degeneration) is often painless, and patients might have trouble detecting symptoms early on. Maculopathy symptoms include:

  • Image / Vision Distortion (objects appearing smaller or deformed)
  • A spot where patients are unable to see
  • Difficulty with adjusting to dark/dim lighting
  • Gradual loss of vision
  • Issues with focusing eyesight

Elmiron Lawsuit

TorHoerman Law is currently accepting Elmiron lawsuits.

If you were prescribed Elmiron for at least two years and developed maculopathy symptoms, eye disorders, or other vision problems while taking the drug, you could qualify for an Elmiron lawsuit. Symptoms and injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • maculopathy (macular degeneration)
  • vision impairment or loss
  • unilateral or bilateral blindness
  • reduced nighttime and dark light vision
  • macular dystrophy
  • retinopathy


Do I Qualify For the Elmiron Vision Loss Lawsuit?

If you were prescribed Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) and experienced maculopathy, reduced vision, retinal injury, other adverse side effects, you could be eligible for an Elmiron lawsuit. If you took Elmiron and were diagnosed with any of the above symptoms, you may be entitled to compensation for any losses that you incurred as a result of your injuries.

To find out if you qualify for compensation right now, use our chatbot to receive a free, instant, online Elmiron lawsuit case evaluation



Elmiron Lawsuit Damages

You may be asking, “what is my Elmiron Lawsuit worth?”

Well, your lawsuit is valued at the total losses that you incurred as a result of your injuries. These losses are referred to as damages.

Common damages include:

  • Expenses for your medical treatments
  • Pain and suffering, both physical and mental, from impaired vision, treatments, and your inability to regain vision
  • Lost wages and earning capabilities
  • Loss of enjoyment of life due to the disease, damages, and loss of vision
  • Other tangible costs associated with your injury
  • Other non-tangible costs associated with your injury


An Elmiron lawyer can help you to calculate your total damages, including both compensatory damages and punitive damages.


What to Do After Being Diagnosed With an Elmiron Injury

The first two steps after being diagnosed with an injury related to Elmiron are:

  1. Mitigation
  2. Legal consultation

Mitigate Your Injury

First, you should also do everything in your power to mitigate injury – mitigation is the process of minimizing the impacts of your injury, both physically and financially.

You should seek medical attention right away, follow your doctor’s orders, and discuss substituting or discontinuing your Elmiron prescription if you are still taking the drug. It is important that you do not over-exaggerate or underplay your injuries. Do not stop taking Elmiron unless you have been told to by your doctor.

If you have not received a diagnosis for your injuries, it is important that you seek medical treatment for diagnosis right away.


Consult with an Elmiron Lawyer

After you have received medical treatment and diagnosis, contact an Elmiron lawyer from TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation case consultation. An attorney from our team can help you get started on filing an Elmiron Lawsuit and represent you if needed.

If you do decide to move forward with your lawsuit, you will need to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you as your Elmiron vision loss lawyer.


Why Hire an Elmiron Lawyer?

Your Elmiron vision loss lawyer will navigate the complexities of the litigation process so that you can focus on what really matters – recovery.

Some of the roles of your Elmiron lawyer include:


When Should I Hire an Elmiron Attorney?

Your state’s statute of limitations bars the amount of time you have to take legal action after your injuries are first developed or discovered, so do not hesitate to reach out to an Elmiron vision loss lawyer right away.

If you are unsure whether legal action is the appropriate step for you, or you do not feel confident with a previous assessment, contact our firm for a free legal assessment of your case. The evaluation is free an no obligations are required.


Hiring an Elmiron Maculopathy Lawyer

Hiring an experienced bad drug lawyer is critical for earning full compensation for you or your loved one’s damages and suffering. At TorHoerman Law, we have a team of experienced attorneys with a proven track record of success.

We will work with you to hold Janssen Pharmaceuticals accountable and successfully pursue total compensation for your injuries and other losses. Our law firm offers free, no-obligation case consultations for all potential Elmiron vision loss and blindness lawsuit clients. Contact TorHoerman Law today to learn more about your potential Elmiron case and legal options.

You can also use our chatbot below to receive a free, instant online case evaluation to find out if you qualify for compensation right away.





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