Continuing our coverage of the Boston trial addressing the DES drug disaster. Our blog’s own frequent guest post-er, screenwriter and DES activist Caitlin McCarthy has been featured in many media interviews (see links below). Congratulations to Caitlin and to the legal team who are taking these important steps in forcing accountability over this true ‘disgrace’…
On January 9, 2013, Dr. Hans-Olov Adami, the Harvard Department of Publish Health, testified that the evidence is so compelling that even the Harvard Women’s Health Watch and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies stated that mothers and daughters “who were exposed to pharmacological levels of DES in utero experienced important and devastating effects many years later, including an elevated risk of breast cancer.”
Dr. Adami testified that epidemiological evidence was not only applicable to the DES daughters, but to ANY DES daughter who developed breast cancer above the age of 40 or 50 so long as they did not have any other unusually high breast cancer risk factors.
He testified that the experiment on women in the case of DES was truly a human tragedy, as he published in the European Journal of Epidemiology.
Eli Lilly did not even complete their cross examination of Dr. Adami, when they, during a break, approached the Plaintiffs and the Judge to settle the case with an undisclosed sum.
Note Dr. Adami was the first and only person to testify in this trial. Eli Lilly couldn’t stand the heat!
Watch DES Daughter Caitlin McCarthy discuss the “Mike Tyson knockout punch” that Dr. Adami’s testimony delivered to Eli Lilly on CBS/WBZ-TV: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/01/09/drug-maker-settles-with-sisters-who-blame-cancer-on-pregnancy-drug/ for more media, read on…
Watch Caitlin and her mother discuss the trial after the opening statements on January 13, 2013 on CBS/WBZ-TV: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/01/08/trial-begins-for-4-sisters-who-say-pregnancy-drug-caused-cancer/
For background on the DES breast cancer trial, watch this CBS News video: www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57562042/moms-pregnancy-drug-caused-breast-cancer-in-four-daughters-lawsuit-alleges/
The amazing Alysia Reiner (actress/producer of WONDER DRUG) wrote a fab blog post about DES, the trial, and how you can help raise DES awareness moving forward: http://www.spitthatoutthebook.com/2013/01/guest-post-alysia-reiner-des-trials-drug-movie/#
Lifetime’s “The Conversation” reposted Caitlin’s article “I’m a DES Daughter, Are You?” with an important update, in honor of the DES Breast Cancer Trial: http://www.theconversation.tv/wellness/im-a-des-daughter-are-you/