Oral Contraceptive

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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.
Warner-Lambert Research Institute of Morris Plains, New Jersey produced this unlabeled oral contraceptive. The blister pack contains 28 red pills. The reverse side of the blister pack has a “racetrack pattern” with arrows pointing in the direction to take the pills, with each pill labeled with a day of the week. No drug information is on the blister pack.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1975
place made
United States: New Jersey, Morris Plains
Physical Description
plastic (packaging material)
paper (packaging material)
aluminum (packaging material)
quingestanol acetate, 0.3 mg. (drug active ingredients)
part:: 20.5 cm x 10 cm; 8 1/16 in x 3 15/16 in
in case: 22.25 cm x 5.2 cm; 8 3/4 in x 2 1/16 in
overall: 4 in x 10 in x 1/4 in; 10.16 cm x 25.4 cm x .635 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Margaret Sanger Center
Birth Control/Contraception
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Birth Control
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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