Called Lybrel, it's the first such pill to
receive Food and Drug Administration approval for continuous use.
When taken daily, the pill can halt women's menstrual periods
indefinitely and prevent pregnancies.
It's the latest approved oral contraceptive to
depart from the 21-days-on, seven-days-off regimen that had been
standard since birth-control pill sales began in the 1960s. The
Wyeth pill is the first designed to put off periods altogether when
taken without break.
from file received from AP
Digital; article by Andrew Bridges, Associated Press writer]