Tri-Leven 28 Oral Contraceptive

Tri-Leven 28 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.
Berlex Laboratories, Inc. of Wayne, New Jersey, produced this Tri-Leven 28 brand oral contraceptive around 1985. The monthly dosage of 28 pills consists of 6 brown, 5 white, 10 yellow, and 7 green tablets in a blister pack. The blister pack is contained in a grey compact case. Included in the physician’s sample was a booklet entitled “What you should know about your new oral contraceptive” that has a profile image of a woman with flowers in her hair on the cover.
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Object Name
contraceptive, oral
Other Terms
box; oral contraceptive, case of; Contraceptive; Oral Contraceptive
date made
ca 1985
Berlex Laboratories, Inc.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Wayne
Physical Description
levonorgestrel, 0.050 mg; ethinyl estradiol, 0.030 mg (drug (brown tablet) active ingredients)
levonorgestrel, 0.075 mg; ethinyl estradiol, 0.040 mg (drug (white tablet) active ingredients)
levonorgestrel, 0.125 mg; ethinyl estradiol, 0.030 mg (drug (yellow tablet) active ingredients)
foil (blister pack material)
cardboard (box material)
plastic (slidecase material)
plastic (blister pack material)
paper (booklet, inserts material)
overall: 1.6 cm x 10.6 cm x 13.6 cm; 5/8 in x 4 3/16 in x 5 3/8 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
ID Number
catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Gladys Abell Johnson
Birth Control/Contraception
Women's Health
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Birth Control
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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