Posts Tagged ‘DES apology’

UPDATE: New coverage on the FDA letter in the Boston Globe
Our blog is proud that Caitlin McCarthy’s series of impassioned guest posts on the DES drug scandal has resulted in an important news-making letter of acknowledgement from the FDA about the DES tragedy.
The offices of Sen. John Kerry and Sen. Scott Brown have put out a joint national press release on the FDA letter, which was prompted in part by Caitlin’s posts on this blog and her request that readers contact Senators Brown and Kerry.

One of Caitlin’s DES posts for our blog was linked by the Huffington Post‘s own Diana Bianchini, who wrote about Caitlin and the DES apology effort, reaching a worldwide readership.  This week’s letter from the FDA breaks new ground and will have political and legal ramifications that are likely to help DES victims around the world.

Our thanks to all the readers who contacted the senators and to Caitlin for showing that one voice can make a difference.
(photo of the senators: Yahoo.com)

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Watch for blog news on ZOOEY DESCHANEL & a livestream interview & on our film Celebrities in Disgrace…                  PROGRESS ON OUR CAUSE CELEB… by Elizabeth Searle

As we contemplate Cause Celebs this week, we’re happy to report progress on our own screenwriting star Caitlin McCarthy’s fight for a public apology to victims of the DES drug scandal.

Caitlin McCarthy‘s ground-breaking Guest Post on DES was linked by Diana Bianchini on the Huffington Post and on a DES activist blog in Australia.  Her message was endorsed by rock star John Payne, of ASIA featuring John Payne.  This week, Caitlin reports an encouraging new letter from Senator Scott Brown.  Brown reports that both he and Senator Kerry have taken action.  He told Caitlin:

I understand your concerns regarding the exposure of millions of women and children to DES since 1938.  At this time, please know that I have been working with my Massachusetts colleague, Senator John Kerry, on this issue.  We have sent a letter to Commissioner Hamburg at the Food and DrugAdministration toinquire about an apology from the FDA in recognition of the hardshipsendured by families across the country. Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.

If you should have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or visit my website at www.scottbrown.senate.gov.

Readers, please help spread the word.  We’re happy to see Caitlin’s Guest Post on our little blog having a big impact…

For the full MESSAGE FROM SENATOR BROWN TO CAITLIN, continue reading… (more…)

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THANKS Diana Bianchini for her powerful piece in the HUFFINGTON POST inspired by- and linking- Caitlin’s Post.  Welcome first-time readers.  Please visit our film website… Thanks also to John Payne, lead singer of ASIA Featuring John Payne, who says that the fight for the DES apology has his “full support.” And THANKS to supporters in AUSTRALIA plus producer TED HOPE for his help on Twitter

An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin McCarthy has two feature films in development: “Wonder Drug” with director Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”); and “Resistance” with director Si Wall (“The Dinner Party,” premiering November 2010). She also has a TV series treatment, “Free Skate,” which is currently being considered by top production companies.


Caitlin & Sen. Brown

Politics and apologies. They’ve been on my mind this week, what with Tuesday’s primaries and Elizabeth Searle’s recent blog post “I TAKE THAT BACK”: Public Apology Twists, Two-Steps, Tweets & Tunes by Pastor Jones, Kanye West & more.

We live in a country where kids are taught to apologize if they hurt someone. But how often do adults apologize for this – let alone countries?

I am a big believer in the power of an apology. As such, I have been working jointly with the offices of Senator John Kerry and Senator Scott Brown to secure a long-overdue apology from the US Government for the DES (diethylstilbestrol) tragedy.

DES (diethylstilbestrol) is a toxic and carcinogenic synthetic estrogen that was prescribed to millions of pregnant women for decades: from 1938 until 1971 (and in a small number of cases for several years thereafter) in the United States; and until the mid-1980s in parts of Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the Third World.

DES is the world’s first drug disaster, often referred to as the “hidden Thalidomide.” The currently proven effects of exposure include a rare vaginal cancer in DES Daughters; greater risk for breast cancer in DES Mothers; possible risk for testicular cancer in DES Sons; abnormal reproductive organs; infertility; high-risk pregnancies; and an increased risk for breast cancer in DES Daughters after age 40. There are a number of other suspected effects, including auto-immune disorders, but many of these effects are still awaiting further research. (more…)

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