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Los Angeles, California — Ruth Rizkalla, Partner at The Carlson Law Firm, has been appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the recently formed Multi-District Litigation for injured consumers involving Johnson & Johnson’s drug Elmiron, used to treat painful bladder syndrome. Rizkalla was appointed by the Honorable Judge Brian R. Martinotti of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. She is part of a group of 14 diverse attorneys from across the country—most of whom are women—on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee.

Welcome Ruth Rizkalla to The Carlson Law Firm.“We are helping to bring justice to the patients who have been hurt by this company’s negligence,” Rizkalla said. “The diversity of this group is important to provide different perspectives, experiences and skills that will bring about a successful outcome for those whose lives have been negatively affected by Johnson & Johnson.”

Patients took Elmiron to treat a condition called interstitial cystitis, or painful bladder syndrome. Research indicates that the condition affects mostly women, and as a result, mostly women have been affected by Elmiron’s dangerous, undisclosed side effects.

The Judicial Panel sent 42 suits to Judge Martinotti in December. According to the suits, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals have received reports from doctors since 1997 about visual complications resulting from the use of Elmiron.

Patients experience the following vision complications:

  • Blurred vision
  • Degenerative maculopathy
  • Macular retinopathy
  • Macular/pattern dystrophy
  • Maculopathy
  • Pigmentary maculopathy
  • Reduced night vision
  • Retinal pigment epithelium atrophy
  • Retinopathy
  • Unilateral or bilateral blindness
  • Vision impairment
  • Vision loss

The Carlson Law Firm is accepting clients who have suffered vision loss and damage as a result of using Elmiron to treat painful bladder syndrome.

Rizkalla has served on multiple leadership positions in several coordinated mass tort proceedings. Most recently, she has served as Co-lead in The Xarelto Products Liability JCCP and Plaintiff’s Steering Committee member of The 3M Combat Earplugs Products Liability MDL.

The Carlson Law Firm is a nationally recognized injury firm with 14 office locations in Texas and an office in Los Angeles County, California that Ruth manages. For more information, visit

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