9 Drug Approvals That Changed the Future of Medicine


Widely used for the treatment of asthma and other lung diseases such as bronchiectasis and COPD. The drug was discovered in 1966 and used as an inhaler treatment in 1969.

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Birth Control Pill
The contraceptive pill revolutionized the lives of women in the 1960s. First marketed as a drug to treat menstrual disorders, its birth control properties meant that women had smaller families and were able to pursue careers outside of the home. It was first introduced in the U.K. to married women in 1961. (Source: BBC.co.uk)

MORE: Adult with SMA shares his perspective on Spinraza.

Levodopa is used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and derived from the vicia faba (fava bean) plant. Levodopa (or L-dopa) converts into dopamine, the chemical in the brain lost in Parkinson’s patients. It has been used as a treatment for the disease since the late 1960s. (Source: stylecraze.com)

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