LITTLE PROGRESS NOTED: "Why should a pharmaceutical company take these risks?" asks pioneer Carl Djerassi.
The introduction of the pill was a major milestone in contraceptive research, writes Carl Djerassi in his book From the Lab Into the World: A Pill for People, Pets, and Bugs (Washington, D.C., American Chemical Society, 1994). Djerassi synthesized norethindrone, the first progestational oral contraceptive, while working for Syntex S.A. in Mexico City in the early 1950s.
"The only new developments have been chemically minor...