“On the Pill”
In 1960 the Food and Drug Administration approved the first oral contraceptive pill. Within a few years, millions of American women were “on the Pill.” Doris Wagner began using it in 1962 after she and her husband David had their fourth child. The required regimen—one a day for twenty days then five days off—made remembering to take the pill a source of anxiety for the couple. David, an engineer, designed a dispenser to alleviate the problem. Most American pharmaceutical companies that sold birth control pills adopted his idea.