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Portland Breast Cancer Sufferer Will Get Day In Court

OPB | Oct. 22, 2013 2:52 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 3, 2014 2:18 p.m. | Portland

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Suzanne Lukas-Werner says in 2004 her doctor prescribed Activella for menopausal hot flashes and bone loss.

Suzanne Lukas-Werner and her lawyer say she got breast cancer from Novo Nordisk drug, Activella.

Suzanne Lukas-Werner and her lawyer say she got breast cancer from Novo Nordisk drug, Activella.

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.

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