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Eli Lilly settles suit with sisters who say pregnancy drug their mother took gave them breast cancer

Days into a closely watched trial in federal court in Boston, the mammoth drug manufacturer Eli Lilly and Co. settled a landmark lawsuit Wednesday with four sisters who said their breast cancer was caused by medication their mother took during pregnancy in the 1950s.

The settlement, for an undisclosed sum, was reached ­after the first witness in the case, a Harvard public health doctor, testified that the drug DES, which was promoted by Lilly as a way to prevent miscarriages had indeed been shown to cause cancer. It also came ­after a lawyer for the sisters ­argued that Lilly had failed to test the drug’s effect on fetuses before promoting it.

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