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Trial set to begin in Boston over pregnancy drug

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 4:56pm
DENISE LAVOIE - AP Legal Affairs Writer - Associated Press

Trial is set to begin Friday in a lawsuit brought by four sisters who say their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during the 1950s when she was pregnant.

Jury selection is scheduled in federal court in Boston in case involving DES, or diethylstilbestrol (dahy-eth-uhl-stil-BEST-trawl). Millions of pregnant women were prescribed the drug between the 1930s and the early 1970s to prevent miscarriages, premature births and other problems.

Drug companies argue that no firm link between DES and breast cancer has been established.

The Melnick sisters say they all developed breast cancer after their mother took DES during pregnancy. They say their mother was not on DES while pregnant with a fifth sister. And that sister has not gotten breast cancer.

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