Elmiron® is bladder pain medication and it has been linked to serious eye damage, including blindness, sensitivity to light, dark spots and blurred vision. additionally, Elmiron® has been found to cause maculopathy, which is an eye disease that affects the retina. Damage done to the retina worsens over time, even before the symptoms begin.
This dangerous drug is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutical and was approved for use by the FDA in 1996 under the Orphan Drug Act. This act granted special status and incentives to manufacturers of medications to treat rare diseases. Hundreds of thousands of people are currently taking Elmiron®, often for long-term use to treat stomach pain.
In 2018, Emory Eye Center reported a number of patients suffering from retinal maculopathy, all of whom had taken Elmiron®. Then late last year Kaiser Oakland blew the case open when they released a study revealing that 24% of Elmiron® users showed clear signs of retina damage. Even worse, the company that manufactures Elmiron® knew decades ago about the potential for retinal damage it could cause, yet they failed to warn consumers about these risks. Here are some of the risks that can occur while taking Elmiron®:
In August 2020, two women in the U.S. filed lawsuits against Elmiron manufacturers— Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen, Bayer and Teva—accusing them of failure to warn consumers of Elmiron’s risk, negligence, designing Elmiron in a way that makes the drug defective and hazardous to health, and fraudulent misrepresentation of the risks associated with Elmiron. One woman had taken Elmiron for about four years, the other woman ten years. These complaints (cases are Johns v. Alza Corp. et al., case number 3:20-cv-10341, and Levy v. Alza Corp., case number 3:20-cv-10342, both in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey).
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Elmiron is bladder pain medication and it has been linked to serious eye damage, including blindness, sensitivity to light, dark spots and blurred vision.
As of September 2020, there have been no recalls issued by the FDA on the pharmaceutical Elmiron.