Pigmentary Maculopathy: The Signature Disease of the Drug Elmiron
Just as we trust doctors to provide us with accurate diagnoses when we’re sick, we trust drug manufacturers to provide us with effective medications to help us feel well. We also expect these medications to be carefully tested to ensure that they don’t have harmful side effects. Unfortunately, medications are often rushed to market without proper safety studies. When dangerous side effects occur as a result of this negligence, manufacturers often fail to warn the public right away. Our attorneys at Hendler Flores Law are here to support you and hold these manufacturers accountable.
Elmiron & Its Uses Explained
Elmiron is a blood thinner, commonly referred to by its chemical name pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS). This drug is prescribed for people suffering from interstitial cystitis (IC), a condition that affects the bladder. People suffering from IC can have anywhere from mild to severe bladder pain, which can later spread to other areas. IC also causes people to use the bathroom more often and feel the urge to urinate, even after voiding.
An increasing number of studies have raised concerns about the safety of Elmiron and its potential link to the development of eye damage, specifically in the retina.
Elmiron As A Cause Of Pigmentary Maculopathy
The macula is the center part of the retina. It is responsible for processing what a person sees directly in front of them and is an integral part of a healthy eye. Problems with the macula can occur due to a number of reasons, including age and hereditary issues.
Pigmentary maculopathy is a form of maculopathy caused exclusively by Elmiron. It is associated with a myriad of symptoms, including eye pain, blurry vision, reduced night vision, distortion of objects and lines (metamorphopsia) and blindness. Many lawsuits have been filed by patients alleging that, although the manufacturer of the drug Elmiron was aware of the potential damage to the macula, for years they failed to adequately warn patients of the danger. It is important to note that Elmiron labels now contain a safety warning.
What Do I Do If I Suffer From Pigmentary Maculopathy and I Have Taken Elmiron?
If you or someone you know has developed pigmentary maculopathy due to use of the drug Elmiron, we invite you to speak with one of our team members. At Hendler Flores Law, we go the extra mile for our clients to ensure they receive proper care and compensation for their injuries. Click here to reach our contact page.