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Elmiron® is the brand name for Pentosan, which is sodium pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS).
It is prescribed to treat a condition known as interstitial cystitis, better known as painful bladder syndrome or bladder pain syndrome.
Made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, there is no generic on the market for the drug and patients often take Elmiron® continuously for years.
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1995, Elmiron® is a popularly prescribed medication that has sales of more than $150 million a year.
While it has been on the market since 1995, there is no warning on the label of any visual changes or side effect conditions.
However, multiple studies were published in 2018 that document a litany of side effects–in particular, an irreversible visual condition linked to long-term use of the drug.
As a result of those reports over almost two decades, the drug’s warning label was updated in Canada in April 2020 to include the following information:
- Pigmentary maculopathy has been reported with chronic Elmiron® usage.
- Patients should have regular ophthalmic examinations for early detection of pigmentary maculopathy.
- If pigmentary maculopathy is confirmed, the patient should consult with their doctor to determine if Elmiron® treatment should be discontinued.
It wasn’t until June 2020 that changes were made to enhance warnings in the United States on the Elmiron® package insert and warning label.
Under certain circumstances, consumers who suffer from unmarked Elmiron® side effects can pursue compensation for their losses.
Learn about more severe reactions to Elmiron®, including retinopathy and maculopathy
In 2018, physicians and scientists discovered a connection between prescription Elmiron® usage and Pigmentary Maculopathy, which is commonly known as macular degeneration.
The most common side effect of Pigmentary Maculopathy is gradual loss of central vision in both eyes.
The common early symptoms of maculopathy include:
- unexplained changes in vision
- difficulty seeing close objects
- dim vision
- night blindness
- blurry vision
- loss of detailed vision
- deterioration of the eyes
- dark spots in vision
- darkened vision
Lawsuits are being filed nationwide against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Janssen Research & Development LLC, Johnson & Johnson, and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. for their role in the manufacturing and distribution of Elmiron® throughout the United States.
Many researchers and doctors have linked Elmiron® with blindness and other conditions.
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