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Back To Vidyya Drugs Seized From Wyeth-Ayerst

Medications Fall Short Of Federal Quality Standards

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 quality standards.

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.

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