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Wichita Elmiron Lawsuit Attorneys

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible

When consumers are prescribed medications and drugs, they expect them to be safe and help alleviate their conditions, not worsen their overall health. Unfortunately, even FDA-approved drugs can prove to be dangerous over time, including Elmiron, a drug used to treat osteoarthritis as well as interstitial cystitis, also known as “painful bladder syndrome.” Recent research has linked the drug with a form of progressive eye disease after numerous users were diagnosed. Despite the possibility that many others may be affected, individuals may instead associate their symptoms with aging or slowly degrading vision. If you’ve been diagnosed with eye disease or are experiencing adverse symptoms after taking Elmiron, call the dedicated dangerous drug attorneys at Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC. Our Elmiron lawsuit attorneys in Wichita can assess your situation and determine if you’re eligible to seek compensation by filing a lawsuit.

Contact us online or by phone at (316) 688-1166 for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been affected by Elmiron. We can inform you on your options.

What is Elmiron?

Known as pentosan, or sodium pentosan polysulfate (PPS) and sold under Elmiron, the brand name, the drug was approved for treatment in 1996 and has steadily sold more than $150 million worth of medications a year. However, in 2018 a study was published about six patients at Emory Eye Center, all whom experienced pigmentary maculopathy as a result of taking Elmiron for their interstitial cystitis.

Maculopathy refers to any condition affecting the macula, which is the central part of the retina responsible for visual activity. The researchers showed all patients had signs of retinal disease, with the youngest patient being 23 years old and already experiencing difficulty with reading and near vision. In 2019, an update to the study was issued, showing that ten additional patients had been diagnosed with the same issues.

In order to determine whether you’ve been impacted by Elmiron, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms associated with eye disease so you can call a physician as soon as possible and receive the treatment you need.

Common symptoms associated with eye disease include:

  • Difficult reading
  • Blurred vision
  • Dark spots in center of vision
  • Less vivid colors
  • Difficulty adapting to dim lighting
  • Straight lines appearing curved

Additionally, patients who have been prescribed Elmiron have reported other side effects that include diarrhea, headaches, sleep disorders, hair loss, bruising, and skin rashes. When you receive a diagnosis, you can call our team so we can begin working on your case and gathering evidence such as medical reports.

How Does Elmiron Cause Eye Disease?

The study’s researchers believe that retinal cells in Elmiron users accumulate pentosan or a toxic metabolite over time, which slowly causes retinal hemorrhage, optic neuritis, and amblyopia. With millions of patients having been prescribed Elmiron over the last 20 years, it’s likely that the drug is impacting countless others who may not realize their macular degeneration isn’t natural.

How We Can Help

At Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys have recovered more than $400 million in settlements and verdicts for injured clients, so we understand what steps we need to take in order to secure the compensation you need in a lawsuit.

We have the resources and experiences needed to recover the following damages you may have accrued as result of your eye disease, including:

  • Medical bills, such as surgeries, hospital stays, prescription medications, and more
  • Loss of wages or future earning capacity from having to miss or quit work due to your health condition
  • Pain and suffering

Experiencing a health-related setback can feel isolating, but with our team by your side, we can ensure that you’re never alone during this process. You can trust us to advocate for you and hold negligent drug companies responsible for failing you and the general public.

For an efficient recovery process, call our Wichita Elmiron lawsuit attorneys at (316) 688-1166. We can help you gather the evidence you need to support your claim.

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