Ogen .625 Oral Contraceptives

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.
The Upjohn Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan, produced this Ogen .625 oral contraceptive around 1996. The green cardboard box contains a white plastic bottle and user information insert.
Currently not on view
Object Name
oral contraceptive
date made
ca 1996
Upjohn Company
Abbott Laboratories
Physical Description
estropipate, 0.75 mg (drug active ingredients)
paper (box material)
plastic (bottle material)
overall: 9 cm x 5.5 cm x 3 cm; 3 9/16 in x 2 3/16 in x 1 3/16 in
box: 3 5/8 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 9.2075 cm x 5.715 cm x 3.175 cm
bottle: 2 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 3.175 cm x 3.175 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Birth Control/Contraception
Birth Control
Health & Medicine
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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 Gladys Johnson

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