NEW BRUNSWICK — Wyeth, the biggest U.S. maker of birth-control pills, settled on the eve of trial a lawsuit by a terminally ill woman who blamed the company’s Prempro menopause drug for her breast cancer.

Superior Court Judge Bryan Garruto approved the settlement Monday, hours before a trial was scheduled to begin in the case of Ellen Deutsch. Terms of the agreement are confidential, Wyeth spokesman Chris Garland said in an e-mailed statement.

The case involving the menopause drugs was the third slated for trial that subsequently settled.

The hormone-therapy drugs came under fire after a 2002 study found that users had an increased rate of breast cancer.


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