Tuesday 12 January 2010


a dramatic turn for DES


US screenwriter, Caitlin McCarthy (pictured) has presented us news of the upcoming scientific drama, WONDER DRUG - a feature movie.

In her work on WONDER DRUG with New York Director, Tom Gilroy and Screenplay Scientific Advisor, P. Harry Jellinck, Caitlin has taken the true story of the drug DES by the teeth, portraying the real consequences of badly tested approved drugs like DES and revealing the corruption of the pharmaceutical industry behind the scenes.

The WONDER DRUG story shows how the DES disaster harms the lives of a Big Pharma executive, feminist doctor, and a thirty something newlywed across different decades. The film has won awards or received nominations in 19 international film festival screenplay competitions and labs. Notably in 2007 at the 15th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, WONDER DRUG was chosen for a live staged reading of selected scenes and panel discussion. Panel discussion afterward featured Caitlin McCarthy and her scientific mentor P. Harry Jellinck. This event was co-sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Pictured here are Tom Gilroy, Caitlin McCarthy, and Steve Guttenberg at the 15th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival.

In her interview with us, Caitlin says:

"I am beyond excited that WONDER DRUG is currently in development with the acclaimed independent director Tom Gilroy (SPRING FORWARD). We are poised for production this year -- a dream come true for me as a screenwriter and DES Daughter. WONDER DRUG is incredibly timely, given the subject matter.

DES was prescribed to millions of unsuspecting pregnant women for decades: from 1938 until 1971 in the United States; and until the mid-1980s in parts of Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the Third World. But the disaster doesn't end there. Millions of women today are undergoing infertility treatments with hormones and HRT interventions with additional hormones. If they don’t know that they’re a DES Daughter, they're unaware that they were exposed to unnaturally high levels of a synthetic oestrogen before birth. That has to be of concern when using additional hormones.

People also need to know if they were exposed to DES so they can make informed medical choices and get the medical screenings they need to protect their health. Most doctors don’t even know that DES Daughters need a special Pap screening. That is because most doctors aren’t learning about DES in medical school. As a result, millions of men and women are not receiving the proper checkups, tests, and treatments from doctors because they do not know about their exposure.

Also, a rare clear cell cancer linked to exposure is considered a disease of post menopausal women, so it’s pivotal to educate people about DES now, as we may see a second wave of clear cell cancer when those exposed to DES reach this age. Since DES was heavily prescribed in the 1950s, we could see an outbreak of clear cell cancer cases in as few as five years. Additionally, DES provides a classic example of endocrine disruption and its trans-generational effects, giving science an illustration of such effects in other forms of life such as birds and fish, etc.

Lastly, there are possible effects on third generation children that need to be studied. It is outrageous that more attention has not been paid to this subject by the medical community, various governments, and the media. My hope is that WONDER DRUG will shed light on the DES drug disaster and save lives."

We definitely watch Caitlin with interest. If shown in Australia, WONDER DRUG the movie has real potential to kick off a dramatic shift in Australian awareness of DES. It could provide the key to helping the 160,000 or more Australians suffering effects of DES exposure, without knowing the fact of their exposure and what they can do about it.

Take a few minutes to explore the film’s website www.wonderdrugthemovie.com

Go to the film’s Face Book link http://www.facebook.com/pages/WONDER-DRUG/233795428655 and become Caitlin’s fan with your message that Australia wants to see WONDER DRUG!

You can check out WONDER DRUG on Twitter too! http://twitter.com/wonderdrugmovie


Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see this film!!!

Anonymous said...

Hollywood needs to finance this movie immediately. There is a worldwide audience for "Wonder Drug." When the general public learns about DES, watch out. It'll be all over Oprah and the press. About time. 8-)

Louise said...

Yes. Yes. Yes. Make this movie!

Heather said...

Hearing so many good things about this movie. Australia wants it. The world needs it.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to its release.
- Fondly, DES granddaughter

Michael said...

This week, Linda Dozoretz died. Read her story on the Huffingtonpost. Faced DES issues her whole life. Inspiring person.