Recent Massachusetts Drug-Cancer Settlement May Be First of Many for DES Manufacturers – Kiley Law Group Weighs in On National Implications

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According to the Associated Press*, a recent synthetic estrogen lawsuit against producer Eli Lilly prompted a settlement after only two days of trial. The claimants, four sisters who filed in Boston, Massachusetts, all developed breast cancer and believe that it was a direct result of medications that their mother took during her pregnancies.

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Women across the nation have legitimate concerns that this pregnancy drug was responsible for their breast cancer and/or fertility problems.

According to the Associated Press*, a recent synthetic estrogen lawsuit against producer Eli Lilly prompted a settlement after only two days of trial. The claimants, four sisters who filed in Boston, Massachusetts, all developed breast cancer and believe that it was a direct result of medications that their mother took during her pregnancies.

More than fifty women filed lawsuits in Massachusetts against companies that were involved with the marketing or manufacturing of the synthetic estrogen known as DES (Fecho, et al. v. Eli Lilly & Co., et al., No. 11-10152). The Melnick sister’s recent victory may lead to several more quick financial settlements for women with similar circumstance.

DES (Diethylstilbestrol) is synthetic estrogen and was prescribed to women between 1940 and 1970 to prevent premature labor, miscarriage, and other types of pregnancy complications. Researchers* later linked DES prenatal exposure to a form of cancer of the vagina and cervix called clear cell adenocarcinoma.

The Melnick sisters are the first DES lawsuit claimants to go to trial for injuries related to breast cancer. They claimed that their mother took DES while pregnant with three out of four of her daughters and that the daughter who avoided DES exposure in the womb also avoided breast cancer. Their quick settlement bodes well for other claimants who feel that their cancer was a result of their mothers taking DES while pregnant.

Tom Kiley Sr., Massachusetts personal injury attorney, has assisted a number of defective product and product liability victims. “Women across the nation have legitimate concerns that this pregnancy drug was responsible for their breast cancer and/or fertility problems. Since several companies were manufacturing DES, victims are in a position to pursue compensation from several possible defendants.

Pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to their consumers to provide a product that is reasonably safe. “The settlement received by the Melnick sisters is the first step towards providing a level of closure for women who feel that their breast cancer was a direct result of these company’s negligence,” said attorney Kiley.

About Kiley Law Group, LLC

Kiley Law Group, LLC is a products liability law firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. Tom Kiley Sr. and his team of experienced legal professionals provide legal assistance for those who have suffered injuries due to defective products including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and auto parts.

For more information about their Massachusetts injury attorneys, click here or call (888) 208-1695 to obtain a free consultation.

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idahostatesman.com/2013/01/09/2406334/apnewsbreak-settlement-in-suit.html
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/5549830

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