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Elmiron and Macular Degeneration

The link between Elmiron and vision damage has come to the forefront of recent news—as well as the courtroom. Many patients experiencing vision loss symptoms are looking for answers to questions such as: does Elmiron cause macular degeneration?

Our law firm is investigating vision loss claims nationwide due to Elmiron. Learn more about Elmiron, vision damage associated with the drug, and how a lawyer may be able to help you.

What Is Elmiron?

Elmiron, or pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), is an oral medication used to alleviate bladder pain or discomfort caused by interstitial cystitis (IC). Many individuals that took Elmiron produced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals have experienced side effects. These side effects include vision impairment (such as blurry or dimmed vision), as well as long term side effects, such as night blindness, loss of close vision and other serious vision-related problems. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has found that the drug appears to be toxic to the retina, which is the light sensing tissue located at the back of the eye which allows us to see.

Elmiron and Pigmentary Maculopathy

Pigmentary maculopathy is associated with prolonged exposure to PPS. Patients with this condition report having difficulty reading and prolonged adaptation to darkness.

As mentioned above, pigmentary maculopathy may be misdiagnosed as a similar-appearing retinal condition. For example, conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and pattern dystrophy may be mistaken for the unique maculopathy associated with Elmiron.

Similar conditions that may be mistaken for pigmentary maculopathy include:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Pattern Dystrophy
  • Cellophane Maculopathy
  • Malattia Leventinese

Suffering From Vision Problems After Using Elmiron? Call for a Free Consultation

Have you had prolonged exposure to Elmiron? Are you suffering from vision problems?

Many individuals who have experienced vision problems after prolonged use of Elmiron have filed lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. These lawsuits allege that Janssen failed to warn doctors and patients about the risks of vision problems associated with the drug.

If you are experiencing vision problems or other Elmiron long term side effects, request a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys are investigating vision loss claims due to Elmiron, and we are taking cases nationwide. Call our law firm at (866) 575-7435 or submit an online form for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

Grant & Eisenhofer Welcomes Mass Tort Litigator Sindhu Daniel

Sindhu Daniel has joined G&E as a director within the firm’s mass tort practice. Ms. Daniel has an over twenty-year track record of litigating large-scale pharmaceutical/medical device cases. Her efforts behalf of injured plaintiffs have resulted in billions of dollars in recoveries. She currently serves on a number of plaintiffs’ steering committees, including the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation, the Talc MDL, the Proton Pump Inhibitor MDL, as well as the Essure product liability lawsuits—which resulted in a $1.6 billion settlement for women who alleged that they sustained injuries from Bayer’s permanent birth control device Essure. As a premier mass tort practitioner, Ms. Daniel is dedicated to helping clients that were harmed by drugs and medical devices get the justice they deserve. 

3M Earplug Litigation One of Largest U.S. Mass Torts Ever

More than 200,000 former military members have come forward with defect claims concerning 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs. The litigation has become one of the largest U.S. mass torts ever.

The soldiers who were issued these earplugs from the U.S. military have experienced hearing loss and/or tinnitus after using the devices in combat or training. The dual-ended Combat Arms plugs are designed to allow the user to filter out loud noises while maintaining the ability to hear commands when worn one way, and tune out as much noise as possible when worn the opposite way. Plaintiffs allege that the earplugs were designed defectively, as they did not fit inside the ear canal properly. “I didn’t know these earplugs were defective,” Navy veteran Kevin Wilhelm said. “I thought they were the best of the best.” Mr. Wilhelm wears hearing aids and experiences tinnitus, or ringing in the ear constantly.

Plaintiffs in the litigation claim that 3M knew their Combat Arms earplugs were defective and subject to loosening and letting in noise, but did not issue a recall. The first bellwether cases are poised for trial in April 2021.

Do You Have a 3M Earplug Lawsuit Claim?

If you or a loved one used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during your service in the U.S. military and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact us. You can reach our law firm by submitting an online form or by calling us at (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Continue to Mount

Thousands of people have filed hernia mesh lawsuits seeking compensation for serious complications and side effects related to their hernia mesh implant.  Hernia mesh complications and side effects include chronic or intermittent pain, mesh movement or migration, attaching to nearby bowels or organs, shrinkage and disintegration, infection, bowel obstruction, hernia recurrence, protrusion or perforation, and additional surgeries.  The FDA has initiated recalls on certain types of hernia mesh and some manufacturers have “voluntarily” recalled or removed from the market certain hernia mesh brands. There are thousands of mesh lawsuits against companies like Ethicon, Atrium, and Bard. Hernia mesh products from the following companies have been reported as causing significant complications: Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh and Proceed mesh and patch, Atrium C QUR mesh, and the C. R. Bard Davol 3D-Max mesh.

Do you Think You Have a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one received a hernia mesh patch to repair a hernia and have experienced complications or underwent revision surgery, please call us at (888) 984-7988 or fill out the contact form.

Case Report Suggests Elmiron May Effect Vision Years Post-Treatment  

As patients that took Elmiron continue to file lawsuits concerning its vision-loss side-effects, a new case report indicates some alarming findings. In the report, published in Retinal Cases & Brief Reports, doctors from Emory University School of Medicine describe a woman who experienced vision problems three years after stopping Elmiron. The 44-year old developed Elmiron-induced maculopathy. This condition caused her to experience worsening vision problems, including problems with night vision. When doctors reviewed her eye records two years after she stopped taking the drug, they saw no sign of maculopathy at the time. It wasn’t until three years after her Elmiron use that her injuries developed.

Elmiron is designed treat a condition known as interstitial cystitis (IC), which causes bladder pain. Long-term use of the drug, however, has been linked to vision problems including loss of vision. Patients that took the drug have filed lawsuits against its manufacturer alleging that the drugmaker failed to warn patients of these risks.

Do You Have a Legal Claim? 

The attorneys at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. are investigating vision loss claims due to Elmiron. Contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (866) 575-7435 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

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