Medicine: Contraceptive Pill?

Some of the most hush-hush medical research has been pursued in dozens of laboratories in the effort to find a contraceptive pill. Last week, after months of rumors, President John Searle of Chicago drug manufacturers G. D. Searle & Co. guardedly told stockholders that the company "hopes to introduce ... an item this year for a variety of menstrual disorders . . . There has been speculation that the drug may have a use in the field of physiological birth control." But its safety and effectiveness in that field have not been fully tested, are far from certain.

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