Caitlin McCarthy’s post SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD is reprinted below, after a DES update. Caitlin received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College. An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin has two feature films in development: WONDER DRUG with producer/star Alysia Reiner; and RESISTANCE with director Si Wall. Caitlin is also partnering on writing/creating the TV series PASS/FAIL with Jim Forbes, a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent and narrator; and developing the TV series FREE SKATE with choreographer Michael Masionis. In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school.
UPDATE: Caitlin received a supportive TWEET from star SUZANNE SOMERS:
“DES, the monster fake drug hormone was a tragedy for women”
Watch this blog for upcoming updates on the DES trial.
DES (Diethylstilbestrol): The Story with No End
It appears that US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) will be named Secretary of State.
As many longtime readers of this site know, Senator Kerry worked jointly with Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) on obtaining an apology for the DES drug disaster from the FDA. The grassroots campaign for this apology started right here with a post by DES Daughter Caitlin McCarthy.
On February 22, 2011, Senator Kerry and Senator Brown received a 3-page response from the FDA, per their joint letter about a DES apology. The FDA’s letter did not contain an official apology from the federal government for the DES drug disaster. However, it acknowledged the devastating health consequences of DES, explained FDA initiatives to prevent future drug disasters, and talked about DES as a “tragedy” for the first time in 40 years.
But the DES story is far from over.
On for January 7, 2013 at the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston, the historic DES breast cancer trial will begin. It’s just two lawyers for the plaintiffs and about 20 lawyers representing the chemical companies in the court room (including Eli Lilly). If you can be there in person to show your support for the plaintiffs, please do so. Currently, the trial is anticipated to last 3-4 weeks. The hearings will likely begin at 9:30 a.m. and go until 4:30 p.m. each day, with lunch in between. The courthouse is at:
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts — Boston
1 Courthouse Way
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
If you want any more information or feel you could help the case in any way, please call Aaron Levine’s office Toll Free at: 1-888-868-5380.
Note there was already good news for the plaintiffs this past week: The Court has allowed the plaintiffs to proceed to trial on negligent failure to warn; and Eli Lilly’s other summary judgment motion on product identification was denied, allowing the plaintiffs to go forward in this historic DES breast cancer trial.
Caitlin McCarthy plans on writing about the DES breast cancer trial for this site. Until then, click ‘continue reading’ below to read her blog post that kickstarted the DES apology effort with the Senators and attracted worldwide attention. (more…)
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