Big Pharma may have to face consequences of DES-breast cancer link in court

Posted: January 25, 2012 in HEALTH, NEWS
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by: Tara Green

(NaturalNews) The first-ever lawsuit hinging on the link between DES and breast cancer may soon come to court in Boston. Fifty-three DES daughters are attempting to sue 14 drug manufacturers for the health consequences of one of the pharmaceutical industry’s more notorious products.

Big Pharma trying to avoid lawsuit
The synthetic estrogen DES or diethylstilbestrol (day-eth-uhl-stil-bes’-trawl) was prescribed to millions of pregnant women from 1938 until 1971 to prevent miscarriages. In 1971, the FDA told doctors to stop prescribing the drug for pregnant women after a study indicated the pharmaceutical hormone broke through the uterine barrier and had an impact on children later in life. DES taken during pregnancy is linked to DES daughters developing a rare vaginal cancer in their teens and 20s. Since the early 70s, thousands of lawsuits have been filed regarding links between DES and cancers, as well as infertility problems. Many of those cases were settled out of court.

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