Doctor tells U.S. court drug not suitable for Arkansas executions

Reuters, 12 April 2017
Author: Steve Barnes
“A surgeon told a federal court in Arkansas on Wednesday that a sedative the state plans to use in its lethal injection mix is not suitable for surgery and should be prohibited when Arkansas holds an unprecedented series of executions later this month. Lawyers for Arkansas have told the court that the drug in question, midazolam, has been used in executions in other states and its lethal injection protocols pass constitutional muster. Major pharmaceutical companies have banned sales of powerful sedative to states for executions.”
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