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WYETH-AYERST LABORATORIES PROVIDES GRANT FOR WOMEN IN GRADUATE MEDICAL AND HEALTH BUSINESS PROGRAMS

 ST. DAVIDS, Pa., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Annual Conference of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women/USA (BPW/USA) in Reno, Nev. last week Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, the pharmaceutical division of American Home Products Corporation (NYSE: AHP), announced the formation of the Wyeth-Ayerst Scholarship for Women in Graduate Medical and Health Business Programs. The scholarship fund totals $100,000 over two years.
 Administered through the BPW Foundation, the fund will enable women in graduate studies to receive $2,000 each to cover tuition, fees and other expenses such as child care and transportation.
 "Despite the rapidly growing employment opportunities in the health industry over the last decade, women are underrepresented and underutilized in many health-related occupations, particularly the medical and health business professions, due primarily to financial constraints," stated David Dodd, vice president and general manager for pharmaceutical products at Wyeth-Ayerst. "With this scholarship, Wyeth- Ayerst hopes to encourage our emerging work force in such fields as biomedical engineering, biomedical research, public health and public policy for the challenges that lie ahead."
 To underscore its commitment to women's health and to BPW, Wyeth-Ayerst last year provided an educational grant to support the Understanding Menopause program. Understanding Menopause is a consumer education program, which includes a video and slide show presented by physicians, available for use by BPW local organizations. Developed with and endorsed by the American Medical Women's Association, the program strives to encourage women to allay concerns by asking questions and taking an active part in their health care at midlife.
 Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, a world leader in women's health care, is committed to improving the health care options available to women through ongoing research efforts and patient education programs. The company has over 50 years of experience researching and developing products for every stage of a woman's life -- from pediatric nutritionals to contraceptives to estrogen replacement therapy for the symptoms of menopause.
 The BPW Foundation is the educational arm of BPW/USA. Established in 1919, BPW has more than 80,000 members in all 50 states spanning thousands of cities and towns. Nationwide, the organization promotes full participation, equity and economic self-sufficiency for working women. The BPW Foundation, established in 1956, furthers this mission by improving the status of working women through community awareness, educational assistance, research, training and personal and professional development.
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 /CONTACT: Laurie Smith of Burson-Marsteller, 212-614-4952, for Wyeth-Ayerst; or Audrey Ashby of Wyeth-Ayerst, 215-971-5823/
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