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Karen Duffy to Appear at the University of Pennsylvania 'The Pill 101'.

New Nationwide Campaign to Encourage Proper Use of the Birth Control Pill

WHO: Karen "Duff" Duffy

Almay model, Revlon's Charlie Girl, Glamour magazine
 contributing editor, Former MTV VJ

 Hester Sonder, M.D., M.P.H.

Gynecologist and clinical instructor, Temple University Medical


 WHERE: Availability for in-studio, call-in or on-campus interviews

 EVENT: NOVEMBER 30, 7-8 p.m.
 University of Pennsylvania

Hill College House, 3333 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

The Pill 101 is a campaign geared to college-age students. The hour-long program is coming to college campuses nationwide to encourage students to get back to basics and to increase optimum effectiveness and proper use of the Pill. Karen Duffy, or "Duff" as her fans call her, along with women's health expert Dr. Hester Sonder, will appear at U Penn to talk to hundreds of students about the Pill. Together they will offer tips and reminders to help women take their Pill at the same time every day. The program also includes a video presentation* -- starring Duff -- that outlines easy ways for women to remember to take their pill.

* Half of women on the Pill forget to take one or two pills per month,

rendering it less effective by at least 5 percent, contributing to
 unintended pregnancies
 * 2.8 million unintended pregnancies occur each year, approximately 1

million of these happen to women "on the Pill" but not taking it


In 1995, Duff was at the height of her career as an actress, model and MTV's spunkiest VJ. Like many women, she didn't worry much about her health, until she was faced with a serious illness that changed her outlook forever. Duff was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, and despite a long battle with the illness, today she is alive and kicking. Her experience has inspired her current work as a women's health advocate.

A New Age in Women's Health Care offers educational materials on major health issues facing women today including contraception, infertility, depression, menopause and osteoporosis. The campaign website,, offers valuable information on each of these topics.

** Attention Calendar Editors:

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*Copy of video available upon request.

CONTACT: Alicia Robinson, 202-955-6222 or, for Organon. Full press kit available.
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Date:Nov 19, 1999
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