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Ortho Tri-Cyclen 28 Oral Contraceptive

Ortho Tri-Cyclen 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.
The Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation of Raritan, New Jersey, produced this Ortho-Tri-Cyclen 28-pill oral contraceptive around 1999. The pills are in a blister pack that fits into a pink plastic DialPak dispenser. A foil pack with one blister pack refill ring is included.The center dial in the Dialpak was set by the user to the first day of the pill cycle before inserting the blister pack refill. Each subsequent pill was dispensed on the correct day through the bottom of the DialPak.
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Object Name
contraceptive, oral
date made
ca 1999
Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation
place made
United States: New Jersey, Raritan
Physical Description
norgestimate, 0.250 mg (drug (blue tablet) active ingredients)
ethinyl estradiol, 0.035 mg (drug (blue tablet) active ingredients)
plastic (compact material)
foil (blister pack material)
paper (inserts material)
plastic (package material)
dispenser refill: 12 cm x 8 cm x 1 cm; 4 3/4 in x 3 1/8 in x 3/8 in
overall: 5/8 in x 3 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in; 1.5875 cm x 8.255 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Company, Inc
Birth Control/Contraception
Women's Health
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Birth Control
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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