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What are the Elmiron Lawsuit Settlement Amounts?

elmiron lawsuit settlement amounts

It’s unfortunate, but every year thousands of people are injured due to unsafe pharmaceutical drugs. 

What makes it worse is that many of those injured were treating serious illnesses with medications they thought were safe. 

If you’ve been injured due to the side-effects of Elmiron, you are probably wondering where you can turn for help. Can you get a settlement, and how much will it be? 

If you believe you’ve been injured by the prescription drug Elmiron, contact our legal team at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP today. We offer free consultations for lawsuits involving Elmiron. 

What is Elmiron, and why is it dangerous?

symptoms of elmiron toxicityFor the last 25 years, Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) has been prescribed to treat bladder pain — particularly painful bladder syndrome. 

Painful bladder syndrome causes chronic pain and an array of urinary symptoms, such as discomfort and increased urination. Over 12 million people in the United States are diagnosed with painful bladder syndrome. 

Elmiron works by creating a mucus barrier on the inside of the bladder to protect it. The drug is sometimes used to treat urinary tract infections as well. 

Recently, during the American Urology Association Annual Meeting, some of the nation’s top physicians revealed a startling finding stating that Elmiron use has been linked with vision loss as well as other troubling vision-related side-effects. 

Here is a shocking statistic: one-third of people who have taken or are currently using Elmiron have experienced vision-related injuries and symptoms

And even worse, up to one-fourth have experienced complete blindness. 

Before the link to Elmiron and vision-loss had been established, physicians were blaming vision problems on age-related macular degeneration, pigmentary maculopathy, or retinal maculopathy. 

Elmiron toxicity causes dangerous toxins to build up in the eyes, particularly surrounding the macula and retina. Common signs of Elmiron toxicity include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Trouble seeing in low-light
  • Eye pain
  • Full or partial blindness
  • Trouble reading
  • Vision disturbances


If you are experiencing any vision troubles and are currently taking Elmiron, it’s essential to make an appointment with your doctor right away. 

If you’ve taken Elmiron, can you file a lawsuit?

can you file an elmiron lawsuit?

Yes. Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company Johnson & Johnson have yet to recall Elmiron while reportedly knowing about the risks, yet never revealing them on the label. 

Just last year, the company finally updated the prescription label to reflect the dangers of the drug, but these warnings are too little too late for many people. 

Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson may have been negligent in alerting the public and the thousands of people taking Elmiron to its dangerous side-effects. 

Thousands of lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals are expected to be filed soon. 

If you believe you’ve been injured due to taking Elmiron, schedule a free consultation with our legal team right away. 

Across the country, cases against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its product Elmiron are beginning. If you’ve been injured, you may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:

  • Related medical expenses
  • Income loss due to missed work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Financial compensation due to depression and loss of life’s enjoyment
  • Punitive damages


During your consultation, our legal team will review your injuries and advise you on the next steps of the litigation process.

How much have other people gotten in pharmaceutical lawsuits?

We don’t know the exact amount any specific person has received, but we do know the total these pharmaceutical companies paid to settle lawsuits about illegalities related to different drugs. 

Let’s use the Bayer and Johnson and Johnson as an example. Xarelto was a drug that caused serious adverse side effects. It’s estimated that the most seriously affected received between $75,000 and $300,000 in the settlement.

The Largest Pharmaceutical Lawsuits in the US

  1. GlaxoSmithKline – $3 billion
    Settled the biggest ever healthcare lawsuit in history with a $3bn payment in 2012.

  1. Takeda Pharmaceutical – $2.4 billion
    Paid $2.4bn for illegalities related to its oral diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) in 2015.

  1. Pfizer – $2.3 billion
    Paid $2.3bn to settle for illegal promotion of their pharmaceutical products

  1. Johnson & Johnson – $2.2 billion
    Paid $1.72 billion as civil settlements to settle various misconduct charges filed in 2013.

  1. Abbott Laboratories – $1.5 billion
    Paid $800m in civil settlements.

  1. Eli Lilly and Company – $1.4 billion
    Paid up to $800m as civil settlements for its antipsychotic drug Zyprexa in 2009.

  1. Merck – $950 million
    Paid $950m to settle lawsuits for its painkiller drug Vioxx in 2011.

  1. TAP Pharmaceutical – $875 million
    Paid approximately $875m for illegalities over thier prostate cancer drug, Lupron.

  1. Bayer and Johnson & Johnson – $775 million
    Resolved about 25,000 claims filed in the US against their drug, Xarelto, in 2019

  1. Amgen – $762 million
    Paid $612m as civil liability and $150m as criminal fine.

How much are Elmiron settlement amounts?

what are the elmiron lawsuit settlement amounts?As with any lawsuit, the settlement details and amounts are tied greatly to your individual circumstances and injuries. 

The scale of damages and injuries can vary enormously from person to person, thus impacting the settlement amounts. 

That said, even if you or a loved one has only experienced minor injuries due to taking Elmiron, don’t think that you will be excluded from a lawsuit. 

Our law firm takes pride in helping clients find justice, no matter the severity of their injury. 

Though it is too early in the process to predict the exact settlement amounts, in cases where victims have experienced total vision loss or blindness, the dollar amounts could easily exceed $1,000,000. 

With cases involving partial vision loss, settlement amounts will probably be split into tiers based on the degree of vision damage and other injuries. 

Though these are just estimates, settlement amounts for those in the tiered classes could be in the range of $75,000 – $600,000.

Our Goal

Finding you justice is our priority at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP. Our goal is to offer exceptional litigation results via personalized, compassionate services. 

Damages due to side effects caused by unsafe pharmaceuticals, such as Elmiron, can change your life forever, and we will be going after the highest settlement amounts. 

Our legal team is here to help you navigate the future.

We understand how unsafe medications impact your livelihood, and we offer free consultations regarding Elmiron. 

The team at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP understands that people impacted by Elmiron deserve to get answers right away regarding possible settlement amounts.   

If you find yourself in a personal injury situation due to the side effects of taking Elmiron, please contact us to begin the process of recovery today. 

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