Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson, manufactures the prescription medication Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium). Elmiron is used to treat interstitial cystitis (IC), a bladder condition known as “painful bladder syndrome.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Elmiron in 1996 to treat IC and troubling urinary tract symptoms, including chronic bladder pain. To be effective, Elmiron must be taken long-term and daily.
In 2018, the Emory University Eye Center conducted a study showing that long-term use of Elmiron causes pigmentary maculopathy, an injury to the eye’s macula or the central part of the retina. Macular damage, known as macular degeneration, can lead to permanent vision loss. However, complete blindness doesn’t occur because lateral vision is preserved.
A more recent study conducted by Northwestern University researchers and published in early 2021 further confirmed that prolonged use of Elmiron causes retinal damage.
Symptoms of pigmentary maculopathy may include:
- Dark spots on the retina
- Retinal pigment epithelium atrophy (leading to vision loss)
- Abnormal capillaries
- Difficulty with or no close vision
- Dark spots in the field of vision
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty reading
- Yellow lesions under the macula
Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn consumers, many of whom have been taking Elmiron for many years, of the risks associated with the bladder medication. As a result, many Elmiron users have developed severe eye problems, ranging from blurred vision to difficulty reading to permanent vision loss.
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Elmiron Legal History
Hundreds of injured parties have filed lawsuits against Elmiron manufacturers. Many of these lawsuits have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) action in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. See In re Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) Products Liability Litigation; MDL 2973.
As of March 10, 2021, hundreds of product liability lawsuits have been filed related to the use of Elmiron, with 497 of them currently pending in the MDL. The remaining Elmiron lawsuits are pending in state courts, including Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Elmiron Litigation Status & Recent Favorable Rulings
Elmiron litigation is very new, and as of August 2021, there have been no settlements. Elmiron lawsuits uniformly bring product liability claims by alleging that Janssen Pharmaceuticals is liable for failing to warn consumers of the risk of macular degeneration associated with long-term Elmiron use. Most, if not all, of the plaintiffs are consumers who used Elmiron long-term.
In one lawsuit, filed in March 2020 and pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, Plaintiff Kimberly Pelczar sued Teva Branded Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Johnson & Johnson. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants designed and marketed Elmiron while knowing but failing to disclose the risks associated with using the drug. As a result, the plaintiff asserts that she has vision loss and retinal macula dystrophy from long-term Elmiron use.
The plaintiff made claims for design defect, negligence, and strict liability under the Connecticut Products Liability Act, and she’s seeking compensation for her injuries.
Potential Elmiron Settlement and Compensatory Value
Elmiron settlements could be significant, given the seriousness of many of the injuries from the use of Elmiron. Eye injuries such as vision loss can be debilitating and life-changing, necessitating ongoing care, and juries will likely dole out huge awards to plaintiffs injured by the long-term use of Elmiron.
For this reason, Elmiron manufacturers are much more likely to settle claims than defend them in court, particularly given that studies have shown a definite causal link between Elmiron and macular injuries.
Potential Injuries and Legal Claims Arising from Elmiron Lawsuits
Most Elmiron lawsuits claim that Janssen failed to warn consumers of the risk of developing eye problems, specifically maculopathy, by using Elmiron, especially long-term. Individuals injured by Elmiron can bring claims seeking damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, as well as projected losses due to vision loss.
How can I find qualified Elmiron leads?
Our team at CAMG can help you find qualified leads for Elmiron litigation in several different ways. We use all media forms (digital, print, television, and radio) to target prospective clients, and we offer local, regional, and nationwide marketing campaigns. Our firm also provides attorneys with comprehensive support services, including 24/7 intake call systems, medical records retrieval, and client contracts services.
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