Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Executions no longer "made in America"

In a unique attempt to halt the death machine in the United States, anti-death penalty activists in England have filed suit in London to prevent the British manufacturer, Archimedes Pharma UK, of sodium thiopental (the first drug in the lethal cocktail pumped into the condemned's veins) from exporting the drug to the United States.

The human rights group Reprieve filed the suit in an attempt to force the British government to regulate the export of sodium thiopental.

The State of Tennessee has contracted with medical suppliers in England because the state is out of the drug used to anesthesize the inmate before the balance of the cocktail is injected.

See also:

"US man executed with lethal injection made in UK," The First Post (October 27, 2010)

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