Lo/Ovral 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.
Wyeth Laboratories Inc. produced this Lo/Ovral brand oral contraceptive around 1980. The 21 pills are in a blister pack that is inserted into a pink plastic holder. The holder has the days of the week embossed around the perimeter. The pills come with a pink carrying sleeve decorated with flowers and a butterfly. The pill pack includes a small booklet with instructions for the user.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
contraceptive, oral
date made
ca 1980
maker
Wyeth Laboratories
Physical Description
norgestrel, 0.3 mg (drug active ingredients)
ethinyl estradiol, 0.03 mg (drug active ingredients)
Measurements
overall: 17.5 cm x 11 cm x 1 cm; 6 7/8 in x 4 5/16 in x 3/8 in
overall, pill pack: 2 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 13.97 cm x .635 cm
overall, packet: 6 7/8 in x 4 1/4 in x 1/8 in; 17.4625 cm x 10.795 cm x .3175 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
1981.0760.027
accession number
1981.0760
catalog number
1981.0760.027
subject
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 Gladys Abell and Lester D. Johnson, Jr., M.D.
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