BOSTON (January 10, 2013)--A settlement in a Massachusetts lawsuit filed by four sisters who alleged their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during pregnancy in the 1950s is being praised by other women who have brought scores of similar claims.
Eli Lilly reached an undisclosed financial settlement Wednesday in the suit by the Melnick sisters, who believe their breast cancer was caused by a synthetic estrogen known as DES, which was prescribed to millions of women to prevent miscarriages.
The sisters' case was the first to go to trial out of dozens filed nationwide.
Eli Lilly said it believes its medication "did not cause the conditions alleged in this lawsuit," but the settlement was in its best interest.
Irene Sawyer, of Columbus, Ohio, called the settlement a "huge victory."