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1954: Dr. Gregory Pincus, a scientist, and Dr....

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Dr. Gregory Pincus , a scientist, and Dr. John Rock , a Catholic physician, began the first human trials of the birth-control pill on 50 female volunteers in Massachusetts at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology

Summer 1957: Searle's birth-control pill, Enovid, received...

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Summer 1957

Searle 's birth-control pill, Enovid, received US FDA approval for non-contraceptive, therapeutic purposes.

Later 1960: Oral contraceptives, popularly known as the...

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Later 1960

Oral contraceptives, popularly known as the Pill, marketed by Searle under the name of Enovid, gained approval for use in Britain by the Family Planning Association .

11 May 1960: The US FDA approved the first birth control...

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11 May 1960

The US FDA approved the first birth control pill, Searle 's Enovid.


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