Our Florida DES lawsuit attorneys are currently reviewing claims of women who have been exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES), also called stilboestrol. DES is a synthetic hormone that was given to women between the 1940s and early 1970s to prevent miscarriages. It was prescribed in pill or cream form until it was taken off the market in 1971 when serious side effects were shown, including a link between DES and rare vaginal and cervical cancers in women exposed to DES while in the womb. It is believed that between 5 and 10 million people have been exposed to DES. Woman whose mothers took DES during pregnancy have become known as “DES Daughters.”
Risks From Exposure to DES
Despite a 1953 study which showed DES did not reduce the risk of miscarriage, it was still prescribed. Ironically, DES Daughters are more likely to experience some of the same reproductive difficulties that DES was intended to prevent in their mothers. Women whose mothers took DES while pregnant are now at risk for:
- Breast Cancer
- Vaginal and cervical cancers
- Early menopause
- Pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, tubal pregnancy, stillbirth, and preeclampsia
The Numbers Are Alarming
A 2011 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that infertility is twice as common and the risk of breast cancer nearly doubled in women whose mothers took DES. Unfortunately, the danger will grow as DES Daughters approach menopause. It is believed that daughters over the age of 40 are 90% more likely to get breast cancer and have a 40% greater chance of developing vaginal cancer. It is not yet known if daughters of DES Daughters will suffer third-generation health problems.
The recent study also found:
- If DES Daughters were able to become pregnant, they were 5 times more likely to experience preterm delivery;
- DES Daughters were 4 times more likely to suffer miscarriage;
- DES Daughters were 4 times more likely to experience a tubal pregnancy.
Lawsuits Against Manufacturers and Marketers
More than a dozen manufacturers and marketers have been named as Defendants in lawsuits filed as a result of new long term effects being discovered, even though Eli Lilly and Bristol Myers Squibb stopped manufacturing the drug in 1997.
Earlier this year the first of a series of lawsuits set for trial began and it was announced on the second day of trial that an undisclosed settlement amount had been reached. No other settlements have been reported and there remain a large number of lawsuits pending.
Contact Our Florida DES Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one’s mother took DES while pregnant, you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Please contact Bernheim and Dolinsky, LLC today at 1-800-474-4089 or online to discuss the particular facts of your potential case. Our experienced Florida pharmaceutical drug attorneys will discuss your potential case and explain what we can do for you.
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