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Ovral Oral Contraceptive

Ovral 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.
Wyeth Laboratories Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, produced this Ovral brand oral contraceptive around 1968. The 21 pills are in a blister pack that is inserted into a white plastic holder. The holder has the days of the week embossed around the perimeter. The pills come with a carrying sleeve decorated with flowers and a butterfly. This box of physician’s samples includes 6 blister packs that were used as refills for the white plastic dispenser.
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Object Name
contraceptive, oral
date made
ca 1968
Wyeth Laboratories
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
norgestrol, 0.5 mg (drug active ingredients)
ethinyl estradiol, 0.05 mg (drug active ingredients)
overall: 15.1 cm x 4.8 cm x 5.8 cm; 5 15/16 in x 1 7/8 in x 2 5/16 in
overall, box: 6 1/8 in x 1 7/8 in x 2 7/8 in; 15.5575 cm x 4.7625 cm x 7.3025 cm
overall, pill pack: 2 1/8 in x 5 5/8 in x 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 14.2875 cm x.635 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
Gift of Margaret Sanger Center
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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