Settlement in suit on pregnancy drug

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A lawyer for four sisters who claimed their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during pregnancy in the 1950s says they have reached a settlement with a pharmaceutical company.

Attorney Julie Oliver-Zhang says the deal with Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. was for an undisclosed amount. She says it was reached Wednesday on the second day of a trial in federal court in Boston.

Eli Lilly didn't immediately respond to a message seeing comment.

A lawyer for the sisters said in trial openings Tuesday that Eli Lilly failed to test the drug's effect on fetuses before promoting it as a way to prevent miscarriages.

A lawyer for Eli Lilly had said there's no evidence the drug causes breast cancer in the daughters of women who took it, or that the mother of the four sisters took it.

The sisters' case was the first to go to trial out of scores of similar claims filed in Boston and around the country.

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