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Death row guinea pigs: Missouri uses untested drug for executions

Friday, May 25, 2012

Death row guinea pigs: Missouri uses untested drug for executions


Missouri has chosen propofol – the drug that killed Michael Jackson – as its instrument for future lethal injections. Opponents say the drug has not been properly tested, and may cause suffering or even unsuccessful executions.

­.US states that practice capital punishment have been in a quandary since sodium thiopental – a cocktail of three drugs given to death row prisoners since the 1970s – has become unavailable. Hospira, its maker, shifted its production to Europe, whose countries object to producing medicine that can later be used to kill people, and thus no longer sells it to US authorities.

After stocks dwindled, most states replaced sodium thiopental with a similar drug, but Missouri has chosen its own path – propofol..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/missouri-executions-propofol-jackson-127/

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