Recent studies have uncovered that many patients prescribed and use Elmiron are developing retinal and pigmentary maculopathy, an eye disorder can lead to blindness. It has also been linked to pattern dystrophy and macular degeneration.
What Is Elmiron?
Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium), commonly used for bladder pain and discomfort, has been on the market since 1996. Available by prescription, Elmiron is the only current drug on the market designed to treat the bladder pain associated with intersitial cystitis (IC), which is a chronic condition that causes bladder pressure. The most common version of Elmiron is covered by over 95% of insurance plans.
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Has There Been a Recall on Elmiron?
Despite very strong evidence presented by researchers that Elmiron causes eye injury, Elmiron has faced no recalls. Neither the producers of the drug nor the FDA have yet to alert consumers to the possible risks of taking Elmiron.
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FACT CHECK: How Strong Is the Link Between Elmiron and Vision Damage/Blindness?
The most recent data indicates the links between Elmiron and vision damage is very high. It has been suggested that as many as 1 in 4 long-term Elmiron users may have developed some level of ocular damage. Medical experts are now strongly recommending any user of the drug schedule an ophthalmic examination for early detection of ocular toxicity or maculopathy.
How Long Have the Dangers of Elmiron Been Known?
Five different research studies on over 4,000 patients conducted from 2018-19 were credited with showing clear links from use of Elmiron for over six months and retinal damage. However, researchers have reviewed medical claim data as far back as 2002 in their work to confirm the ties between the drug and eye damage.
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What is Maculopathy?
Maculopathy is an uncommon eye disorder affecting the central part of the retina, associated with highly sensitive vision. There are different variations of Maculopathy, however, “pigmentary maculopathy of unknown etiology” is the most common version associated with users of Elmiron.
What Are the Most Common Symptoms?
The side effects of Maculopathy due to long term Elmiron usage may include:
- blurred vision (often in the central field of vision)
- dark spots
- straight lines appearing curved or twisting
- less vivid colors
- eye pain
- difficulty reading
- difficulty adjusting to bright light or darkness
- vision loss and blindness
Have You Developed Adverse Side Effects after Taking Elmiron?
Elmiron users who have experienced vision loss or damage may be eligible to seek damages and compensation. Those who may be eligible should contact us for a free case evaluation. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so there’s no need to worry about any up-front cost.
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