About 6. Diethystilbestrol
In January 2013, Lilly settled a lawsuit filed by four sisters who claimed its version of diethylstilbestrol (DES) gave them breast cancer after their mother took it in the 1950s. Eli Lilly and hundreds of other manufacturers marketed the drug as a way to prevent miscarriages. However, a Harvard public health doctor and expert witness in the case explained that DES can cause cancer in the babies of some women who took the drug.
According to one of the lawyers representing the sisters, Lilly failed to test the drug on pregnant women before marketing it. The FDA issued a recall for DES in 1975.The settlement was for an undisclosed sum, and joins a number of similar cases Lilly has settled, including claims related to cervical and vaginal cancer.
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