Suzanne Lukas-Werner is suing Novo Nordisk claiming the drug Activella caused her breast cancer. Activella is an estrogen and progestin based hormone replacement therapy used to treat menopausal symptoms in women. KION 6 News reported on Oct 22, 2013, that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling will allow the lawsuit to go forward in Portland, Ore.
Lukas-Werner was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. She claims that the drug Activella caused her cancer after she used it for hormone replacement therapy (HRT.) Suzanne Lukas-Werner says that her doctor did not inform her of the potential risk, nor did her doctor discuss other treatment options with her.
Medline Plus gives the following warning about drugs like Activella:
“Hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, and blood clots in the lungs and legs. Tell your doctor if you smoke and if you have or have ever had breast lumps or cancer; a heart attack; a stroke; blood clots; high blood pressure; high blood levels of cholesterol or fats; or diabetes.”
Novo Nordisk has spent the past two years trying to keep this issue out of court. The company manufactures the drugs Activella and Vagifem to help women with menopausal symptoms.
Lynda Altman was diagnosed with breast cancer in Nov. 2011. She is passionate about women’s health issues and helping all women get access to accurate healthcare information. Lynda writes a blog called Homeschooling When Mom has Cancer. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.