Class-action lawsuit launched by Canadian women alleges bladder pain drug damaged their eyesight

Class-action lawsuit launched by Canadian women alleges bladder pain drug damaged their eyesight
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TORONTO —
They were prescribed a drug called Elmiron to help with their persistent bladder pain. But now two Canadian women are looking for justice, after they say the drug damaged their eyesight.

“It started out with distortion of lines, and that progressively got worse,” Catherine D’Andrea told CTV News.

D’Andrea works as an archeologist, and says she now has trouble seeing in dim lighting. Colour and brightness are diminished for her.

She was first prescribed Elmiron in 2004 for interstitial cystitis, a chronic condition that causes pressure and severe pain in the bladder. Elmiron, known generically as pentosan polysulfate sodium, is the only oral drug available for this condition, which affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians, most of them…



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