Tri-Levlen 28 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.
Berlex Laboratories, a subsidiary of Wyeth Laboratories Inc. in Wayne, New Jersey, produced this Tri-Levlen 28 brand oral contraceptive around 1996. The object consists of a white paper box containing a physician’s sample of Levlen 28 and a user’s information booklet entitled “What You Should Know About Your New Oral Contraceptive.” Tri-Levlen 28 includes Wyeth’s patented Slidecase dispenser. The monthly dosage consists of 6 brown tablets, 5 white tablets, 10 yellow tablets, and 7 green inert tablets.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
oral contraceptive
contraceptive, oral
date made
ca 1996
maker
Berlex Laboratories, Inc.
Wyeth Laboratories Inc.
Physical Description
levonorgestrel, 0.050 mg; ethinyl estradiol, 0.030 mg (drug (brown tablets) active ingredients)
levonorgestrel, 0.075 mg; ethinyl estradiol, 0.040 mg (drug (white tablets) active ingredients)
levonorgestrel, 0.125 mg; ethinyl estradiol, 0.030 mg (drug (light-yellow tablets) active ingredients)
paper (booklet material)
cardboard (box material)
Measurements
overall: 13.9 cm x 10.6 cm x 2 cm; 5 15/32 in x 4 3/16 in x 25/32 in
overall: 7/8 in x 4 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 2.2225 cm x 10.795 cm x 13.97 cm
place made
United States: New Jersey, Wayne
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
2004.0118.11
accession number
2004.0118
catalog number
2004.0118.11
subject
Birth Control/Contraception
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Birth Control
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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