Missouri Set To Use Single Drug For Executions: Propofol
If it is good enough to kill Michael Jackson then it must be good enough to kill Missouri’s death row inmates. At least that is the first thought that comes to mind when the state of Mo. announced that due to the discontinuation of the *lethal injection mainstay anesthetic drug Pentothal it will begin killing its condemned prisoners with Propofol.
Back in August of 2010, a nationwide shortage of the drug sodium thiopental (Pentothal) caused a number of states to postpone their lethal injections. At the time, Hospira Pharmaceuticals, based outside of Chicago, the sole U.S. manufacturer of the drug, said manufacturing problems had hindered production of the drug. A few months later they announced they would not resume its production. Overnight the most used IV anesthesia induction agent of the last 70 years was no more.
And for death houses across the country the essential drug which put … (Continued...)