Tabellae Anorethidrani Dipropionatis Oral Contraceptive

Description (Brief)
The popularity of “the Pill” created a new market for pharmaceutical companies. For the first time, healthy women would be taking medication for an extended period of time. Pill manufacturers developed unique packaging in order to distinguish their product from those of their competitors and build brand loyalty. Packaging design often incorporated a “memory aid” to assist women in tracking their daily pill regimen, as well as styled cases to allow pills to be discreetly carried in bags and purses. The National Museum of American History’s Division of Medicine and Science’s collection of oral contraceptives illustrates some of the changes that the packaging and marketing of the Pill underwent from its inception in 1960 to the present.
This oral contraceptive was produced by the Sine Pharmaceutical Corporation of Shanghai, China, around 1988. The blister pack contains 12 red pills of unknown hormonal composition. The medication comes with a pamphlet.
Currently not on view
Object Name
pharmaceuticals, pack of
contraceptive, oral
date made
Physical Description
gray (overall color)
red (overall color)
overall: 8.3 cm x 3.5 cm x .4 cm; 3 9/32 in x 1 3/8 in x 5/32 in
overall, pill pack: 3 3/8 in x 1 3/8 in x 1/8 in; 8.5725 cm x 3.4925 cm x .3175 cm
overall, instruction sheets: 5 in x 3 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 8.89 cm
place made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Birth Control/Contraception
Health & Medicine
Birth Control
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Birth Control
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kiehl's Inc.
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