DES, Drug of the Past?

Risks for DES exposed daughters compared to non-exposed
Is DES a drug of the past?

Not really, check out the chart highlighting today’s increased health risks…

Read Women exposed to Diethylstilbestrol in the Womb face increased Cancer Risk from the NIH/National Cancer Institute,
October 6, 2011

Distilbene 1mg by Gerda

Did your mum take DES? This Distilbene 1mg drug box image could help you ask and find out…

Distilbène1mgDid your mum take DES?
This Distilbene 1mg drug box image could help you ask and find out…
See more DES drugs photo set on Flickr  DES Diethylstilbestrol's photostream on Flickr

Le Distilbène DES, en savoir plus

Alan Turing Cyber-Legacy praised by GCHQ Director

Iain Lobban said there were “enduring lessons” to be drawn from the work of Alan Turing

Alan Turing image

Alan Turing was arrested on 7 February 1952 for his affair with a young man.

He was obliged to undertake injections of DES (stilboestrol in the UK) intended to render him asexual…

He only became famous decades after his death. GCHQ director Iain Lobban said there were “enduring lessons” to be drawn from the work of Alan Turing.

Read GCHQ praises Turing cyber-legacy.

More about Alan Turing posthumous pardon

  • Alan Turing granted Royal pardon by the Queen, telegraph, 24 Dec 2013.
  • Grant a pardon to Alan Turin, epetitions, Closing:23/11/2012.
  • Government rejects a pardon for computer genius Alan Turing, the guardian, 7 February 2012.
  • How Alan Turing Finally Got a Posthumous Apology, radar, September 17, 2009.
  • PM apology after Turing petition, BBC News, 11 September 2009.
  • Gordon Brown: I’m proud to say sorry to a real war hero, telegraph, 10 Sep 2009.
DES DiEthylStilbestrol Resources

DES Tragedy, who is to blame?

I definitely think the wrong persons are blaming themselves. But who is to blame for the DES tragedy? Doctors who continued to prescribe the drug despite warnings about its side effects? The FDA who did not ban it and today recognizes the DES tragedy but refuses to apologize to the victims? The pharmaceutical companies who heavily promoted DES use to doctors? Governments who failed to protect the health of their citizens when health warnings were issued? Am I missing someone? something? So many questions remain unanswered. Surely this drug scandal could have been avoided like many others such as Thalidomide (the sedative drug introduced in the late 1950s and withdrawned in 1961 due to teratogenicity and neuropathy). Surely other people than the DES victims should feel guilt and should not be sleeping well at night!

Read DES, Guilt, Fear, and other Emotions

IndyOnSunday Front Page

“Silent Thalidomide” the Secret Killer: Ten of thousands of British woment in pregnancy drug scare

The Independent on Sunday UK, front page, January 22, 2012

Your DES Daughter interview in 2012.
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What do you fear most in Life?

Marie CurieTo this day, many questions remain unanswered about the life-long health consequences of DES. The full extent of this drug disaster is yet to be seen and understood so it is no surprise that DES mothers, daughters and sons leave in fear … What do you fear most in life?

The forgotten Piece of the Jigsaw

According to DES Sons International Network, the exact statistics on the number of males exposed to Diethylstilbestrol before birth are difficult to obtain, but the most reliable estimates from within the U.S.A. place the figure at somewhere between 200,000 and 1.5 million males born between 1947 and 1971 (the years that Di-Ethyl Stilbestrol® was used to support pregnancies in the U.S.A.).

DES Sons

DES information available, on FreeTimes

DES Action NSW is a support and advocacy group for those who know or suspect exposure to the DES drug

DES information available –

Big THANK YOU and  Thumbs Up to Carol Devine  for all the work that she does for DES victims.

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Servier Pharmaceutical Company on Trial over Mediator Drug Scandal

Despites evidence in 1999 that the ‘Mediator’ drug could cause heart disease, it stayed on the market in France for a further 10 years…

French company to go on trial over Mediator drug scandal

The French pharmaceutical company Servier was due to go on trial over a diabetes drug, which is said to have caused up to 2000 deaths.

The media interest for the “Mediator” drug scandal is parallel to the silence surrounding DES exposure but will hopefully lead to justice for all drug victims.
Read French company to go on trial over Mediator drug scandal
euronews, 2012/05/14

The DES Tragedy is Far from Over

April 22, 2011 marked the 40th anniversary of the DES cancer link being made at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. DES (diethylstilbestrol), a toxic and carcinogenic synthetic estrogen, is considered the world’s first drug disaster…

Read ‘ DES Cancer Link 40th Anniversary ‘ a guest post from DES Daughter and WONDER DRUG screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy.