TX Vows To Continue Executions; Some States Cite Drug Shortage


Though some executions in the U.S. have been put on hold because of a shortage of one of the drugs used in lethal injections, Texas officials have no such plan, says the Austin American-Statesman. “We have three executions scheduled through the end of this year, and we have an ample supply to carry those out,” said Michelle Lyons of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The Associated Press reported that several of the 35 states that rely on sodium thiopental – an anesthetic that renders condemned convicts unconscious so they can be overdosed on two other drugs – are having trouble finding the drug after the sole U.S. manufacturer delayed shipment until at least January because of manufacturing problems.

Dan Rosenberg of Hospira Inc. in Lake Forest, Il. said the company is “working to get it back onto the market for our customers as soon as possible.” Because the firm earlier this year sent letters to several states objecting to use of its product in executions, questions have been raised about whether the supply slowdown may be intentional. Hospira also makes two other drugs used in executions, officials in several sates told AP.

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