Dr Nitya Anand, man who discovered India’s first oral contraceptive pill ‘Saheli’, passes away

Dr. Nitya Anand, who created the first oral contraceptive pill ‘Saheli’ in India, Died in Lucknow at the age of 99. Dr. Anand was in-charge of the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) from 1974 to 1984. He was part of CDRI since its inception in 1951. He guided 100 PhD students, wrote more than 400 papers, and received more than 130 patents.

Saheli: A great achievement

Dr. Anand created Saheli, a unique birth control pill that is used once a week and without steroids or hormones. It was introduced by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1986. In 2016, Saheli became part of India’s National Family Programme. It is still the only pill of its kind in the world.

other contributions

Dr. Anand worked with the Government of India on drug policies for nearly 40 years. He also advised several science groups.

Awards and family

Dr. Anand received the Padmashree award. He is survived by his daughter Dr. Sonia Nityanand and two sons Neeraj and Dr. Naveen Anand.

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