Death penalty drugs

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Faerie (January 25, 2011, 07:32:49 AM):
I'm pleased to see this, I do wonder whether it would make an iota of a difference though, they'll most likely just find some other way to legally murder.

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German doctors: No death drugs to US
2011-01-24 22:43

Berlin - Germany's leading medical association called on Monday on the nation's pharmaceutical companies to refrain from selling a drug used in lethal injections to the United States.

Frank Ulrich Montgomery, vice president of the German Medical Association, told The Associated Press on Monday the nation's doctors are throwing their support behind a call by the health ministry for German drug companies and distributors to reject US requests for the drug, sodium thiopental.

"We are calling on the German pharmaceutical industry to send a clear signal that it recognises its ethical responsibility and refrain from selling any drugs to the United States that could be used in carrying out the death penalty," Montgomery said.

"This is not about money, but ethical principles," he added.

Last week the sole US producer of sodium thiopental - which is used as part of a three-drug combination for lethal injections in 35 states - said it was ceasing production due to objections by authorities in Italy, where the company had been making it.

Several states started facing shortages in the fall, causing them to search abroad for sources of the drug. One source dried up in November when the British government banned exports of sodium thiopental for use in executions.

Planned executions in the US.states of Arizona, California, Kentucky, Ohio and Oklahoma are currently facing delays or disruptions, due to the shortage.

Over the weekend, Germany's health ministry said Minister Philipp Roesler wrote a letter to the nation's pharmaceutical companies urging them to ignore any possible US requests for deliveries of the drug.

Germany, along with Italy and Britain, banned capital punishment after World War II.


In 2008, the European Union issued a declaration against the death penalty and has lobbied for its abolition worldwide.

Tweefo (January 25, 2011, 07:55:27 AM):
Everything's got a price. If the demand is high enough someone will supply. Some 3rd world country?
st0nes (January 25, 2011, 10:16:31 AM):
This makes no sense. The drug is no longer protected by patents and it is commonly used as an ingredient of general anesthesia, so I can't imagine why there would be any difficulty obtaining it. Here's the first paragraph of Wikipedia's article:-
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Sodium thiopental, better known as Sodium Pentothal (a trademark of Abbott Laboratories), thiopental, thiopentone sodium, or Trapanal (also a trademark), is a rapid-onset short-acting barbiturate general anaesthetic. Thiopental is a core medicine in the World Health Organization's "Essential Drugs List", which is a list of minimum medical needs for a basic healthcare system.[3]
Mefiante (January 25, 2011, 10:31:04 AM):
With all the warped perversity surrounding the death penalty, it could be that for the purposes of administering it, the drug must be of an exceptional purity that only a few manufacturers are capable of supplying – said purity, of course, so that the target’s good health should not be jeopardised… ::)

'Luthon64
st0nes (January 25, 2011, 10:34:01 AM):
With all the warped perversity surrounding the death penalty, it could be that for the purposes of administering it, the drug must be of an exceptional purity that only a few manufacturers are capable of supplying – said purity, of course, so that the target’s good health should not be jeopardised… ::)

'Luthon64
OK, this I can believe. It's the same as not allowing the condemned man a cigarette with his last meal--on grounds that it's bad for him!

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