The Food and Drug Administration seized
hundreds of doses of prescription drugs and
vaccines from a Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories
shipping center, citing violations of federal
Although the FDA did not spell out the violations
Thursday, a recent inspection report cited
concerns about sterilization procedures.
The products seized included vaccines against
tetanus and diphtheria, and the antihistamines
dimenhydrinate, diphenhydramine and Phenergan.
Wyeth-Ayerst is based in Philadelphia. The
distribution center in Vonore is 30 miles
southwest of Knoxville.
The drugs were produced at the company's
Marietta, Pa., plant, which has been
"undergoing substantial improvements for
several months in response to FDA concerns,"
company spokesman Doug Petkus said. The plant
"has not been manufacturing any product for
shipment during that time."
Wyeth-Ayerst is a division of Madison,
N.J.-based American Home Products.