India-Based Company Says AR Shouldn’t Use Its Products In Executions


An India-based company that appears to have made a drug that Arkansas purchased for lethal injections says it doesn’t want its products used in the state, the Associated Press reports. Sun Pharma is the third pharmaceutical firm to make such a statement after AP obtained redacted photographs of the containers, product inserts and expiration dates of the drugs through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Sun Pharma spokesman Frederick Castro said the company prohibits its customers from selling to prisons or other groups that may misuse them for lethal purposes. “We currently require our customers to certify that they will prohibit the use and sale of such products to other customers and members that may administer lethal injections or which may sell to facilities that administer lethal injections,” Castro wrote. Arkansas on June 30 purchased enough of the three drugs in its new protocol to perform eight executions. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson set dates for the state’s first executions in almost a decade a few weeks later.

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