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New designs added to Ortho Personal Paks

Two new designs have been added to the Ortho Personal Pak, Raritan, NJ-based Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical’s unique line of birth control pill dispensers.

The designs, fuchsia daisy and leopard print, have been available since May 1 for users of Ortho Tri-Cyclen, a norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol phasic oral contraceptive (OC), and Ortho-Cyclen, a norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol monophasic OC.

The Personal Paks, which also are available in colors of lapis, jade, onyx, and sapphire, com-plement the Ortho Dialpak pill dispenser, the pink-beige compact women receive with their prescription. The "any-day" start feature of the compact allows women to work with clinicians in choosing their start date, and the one-way dial, single-hole dispenser and clearly numbered pills and days of the week aid in pill taking.

In a recent survey of women who use the Dialpak, half of the respondents said they were more likely to take their birth control on time as a result of using the compacts. Many women are keeping the discreet packs in their purses.

The designer compacts, which can be reused each month, cost $4.95 with a $1.50 shipping charge. They may be ordered by calling the toll-free number (877) 65ORTHO [(877) 656-7846] or through order forms available in each prescription refill and at health care professionals’ offices. An offer for one dollar off is available by ordering through the web site: www.orthotricyclen.com.