DES: A population health tragedy
Presenters at the Symposium in Boston on March 1 (left to right):
Kari Christiansen, NIH National Cancer Institute DES Follow-up Study Steering Committee The history of DES, DES Action USA; Linda Titus, Sci, D. Associate Director of the Hood Center for Children and Families Recent and ongoing research on DES, 3rd generation, what we might expect in the future; David J. Fine Attorney, of Council, Rubin Hays, PC DES Changing the law, how the law applies in reproductive health issues; Suzanne Robotti DES daughter, Executive Director DES Action, USA, founder MedShadow Foundation It’s not just DES
Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was the first synthetic estrogen to be created. Never patented, it was cheap and easy to produce, so DES was made by hundreds of drug companies in the U.S. and around the world. DES was prescribed to millions of pregnant women in the mistaken belief that it could prevent miscarriage. It did not work but instead, DES harmed the mothers, the children born of those pregnancies and possibly the grandchildren and beyond.
In The DES Archives: Learning from a Public Health Tragedy, Su Robotti explains to the