TNPSC Thervupettagam
February 3 , 2024 133 days 238 0
  • Dr Nitya Anand, who discovered India’s first oral contraceptive pill ‘Saheli’, passed away recently.
  • He was the former director of the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) from 1974 to 1984.
  • He was the brain behind the discovery of Centchroman’, popularly known as ‘Saheli.’
  • It was the world’s first and only non-steroidal, non-hormonal, once-a-week oral contraceptive pill.
  • It was launched by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1986.
  • Even today, it is the only non-steroidal non-hormonal contraceptive in the world.

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