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Melnick Sisters Reach Settlement in Eli Lily DES Lawsuit

This is a settlement for the Diethylstilbestrol lawsuit.

Boston, MA: A potential settlement has been reached between four sisters and the drug company Eli Lily, which could end the women' lawsuit that alleges the diethylstilbestrol (DES) they were exposed to in the womb caused them to develop breast cancer.

Between 1940 and 1971, DES was commonly used to prevent miscarriage and other pregnancy complications. The four women who sued Eli Lily, one of the manufacturers of DES, allege the drug had caused their breast cancers and that the company didn't test the drug adequately.

According to the Associated Press, some 51 women, including the four Melnick sisters, have filed lawsuits against more than 12 companies that either made or marketed DES.

The DES lawsuit brought by the Melnick sisters is the first to go to court and the settlement was reached on the second day of testimony. The AP also reports that four sisters also had miscarriages, fertility problems or other reproductive tract problems which were long suspected to result from prenatal exposure to DES. The sisters were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1997 and 2003 and had treatments ranging from lump-removal surgery to a full mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy.(AP)

The settlement is being hailed as a huge victory and it is widely suspected to trigger many more similar DES lawsuits.

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Published on Jan-14-13


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