Elmiron Lawyer

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been injured after being treated with Elmiron. Lawsuits against the manufacturers of Elmiron claim that patients taking Elmiron to treat interstitial cystitis or “bladder pain syndrome” developed retinal maculopathy.

What Do We Know About Elmiron Lawsuits?

Patients have reported retinal damage after using Elmiron. There is no known cure for interstitial cystitis, a chronic condition that leads to discomfort and pain in the bladder. Elmiron is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, as a safe and effective treatment for interstitial cystitis.

In 2015, ophthalmologists at the Emory Eye Center indicated that patients taking Elmiron on a continuous basis showed signs of a progressive eye disease and a new condition known as retinal maculopathy. Later reports confirmed these findings. Kaiser in Oakland, which studied a larger sample of 140 patients, reported that patients developed some form of retinal disease while being treated with Elmiron. In 2018, the Journal of Ophthalmology reported that maculopathy was associated with chronic exposure to the active drug in Elmiron. The IC Network, an advocacy group for interstitial cystitis, found that over 50 percent of the subjects taking Elmiron showed signs of eye disease.

In December 2020, a multi-district litigation (MDL) was established in the District of New Jersey to handle claims regarding Elmiron. More than 550 lawsuits were included in the MDL as of October 2021.

Elmiron Injuries

Elmiron-linked retinal maculopathy may cause difficulty reading, blurred vision, dark spots, inability to adjust to low light, and other vision irregularities. Retinal maculopathy can lead to permanent vision loss.

Can I Recover Compensation for My Injuries in an Elmiron Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been injured by Elmiron, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.

The FDA and Elmiron

Studies demonstrate that Elmiron may lead to an increased risk of retinal maculopathy, a progressive eye disease that may be diagnosed as retinal pigmentary maculopathy, pattern dystrophy, or age-related macular degeneration.

In June 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new warning for Elmiron to alert the public about the risks of retinal pigmentary damage identified as “pigmentary maculopathy” associated with use of Elmiron based on previous case studies and reports. According to the new warnings, the most significant risk factor among patients is cumulative dosing of Elmiron. The warning specifies that symptoms including trouble reading, difficulty adjusting to low light environments, and blurred vision.

Liability Law and Elmiron

  • The manufacturer of Elmiron did not adequately warn patients and healthcare professionals about the serious side effects related to Elmiron.
  • Despite several studies linking Elmiron to retinal maculopathy, Elmiron continued to market its drug as safe and failed to take action to enhance the safety of its medication.