Suzanne Lukas-Werner says in 2004 her doctor prescribed Activella for menopausal hot flashes and bone loss.
In 2009 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she blames the drug.
“Every doctor I talked to after I was diagnosed with breast cancer was appalled and they immediately told me to stop taking it,” she says.
Activella contains a manufactured version of the human hormone progesterone.
Lukas-Werner’s attorney says by 2005 studies were showing that the manufactured progesterone had a greater risk of causing breast cancer than naturally produced progesterone – and that Novo Nordisk labels did not make that clear.
A Novo Nordisk lawyer did not return calls for comment in time for this story.
The case is scheduled to begin next year in Multnomah County.