- Posted January 8, 2013 by
DES Breast Cancer Trial Day One: Part 2
DES Breast Cancer Trial News Update from a DES Daughter in the Courtroom: Part 2
A DES Daughter present for the trial today provided these excerpts…..
Aaron Levine of Aaron M. Levine & Associates presented amazing information today in the trial representing the Melnick sisters in this landmark trial. As he started to address the jury, he started off right to the point “Imagine a fetus the size of a thumb getting exposed to over 300,000 birth control bills” this will give you a sense of what happened with DES”
He went onto say “This is a case about the 3 Ws: Never warned, Did not Work and only Women”. This occurred without testing. Another analogy was used comparing Eli Lilly to a drunk driver: “Risk equaled cause - Knew that they were driving drunk with no head lights on with no testing”
Attorney Levine stated that Lilly relied on an “expert” from Texas that has been described as a 'lunatic' by other professional. As a DES Daughter, I am very distressed at the lack of responsibility of this pharmaceutical company that we now know was at the lead in The DES Tragedy and millions around the world have been affected. This is disgraceful!
The FDA was discussed by attorney Levine. He stated that the FDA in the 50s is not who they are today. Back then, there was a lot of paper pushing, under staffed and they were overwhelmed. It is this DES Daughter understanding, that in 1941, the FDA approved DES for suppression of lactation and relief of menopausal symptoms. The jury was told by Aaron Levine “that the FDA told Lilly to go ahead with the drug and they wound not object”. He went onto say that Lilly had the DES Market share. During the time of heavy prescribing, you have to understand the relationship; basically male physicians were treating these women. As a nurse and DES Daughter, I do know that “The GOD Complex” was present and women did as they were told.
The Melnick sisters took vigorous notes during opening statements with many supporters present in the courtroom. Eli Lilly had one company person present and at least 10 to 15 members of their legal team.
This provides you insight into this morning DES Breast Cancer Trial in Boston in the presentation of the case for the DES Exposed. Tomorrow, witnesses will begin testifying. Watch for additional updates!