Friday, May 13, 2016


Pfizer blocks use of its drugs for executions

The Pfizer drug company took steps Friday to make sure its products don't wind up in the deadly cocktails states use to execute prisoners.

"Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve," the company said in a statement. "Consistent with these values, Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment."

So the company is "enforcing a distribution restriction for specific products that have been part of, or considered by some states for their lethal injection protocols."

Those seven products are pancuronium bromide, potassium chloride, idazolam, hydromorphone, rocuronium bromide, vecuronium bromide — and the powerful anesthetic propofol, which caused the death of Michael Jackson.

Pfizer is requiring that wholesalers and distributors "not resell these products to correctional institutions for use in lethal injections."

Also, local governments "must certify that products they purchase or otherwise acquire are used only for medically prescribed patient care and not for any penal purposes."

Pfizer's move comes after more than 20 U.S. and European drugmakers took similar steps.

The New York Times, which first reported the story, reported that Pfizer's move shuts off the last remaining open market source of drugs used by states for executions. Several states have faced execution delays because of drug shortages that began when manufacturers stopped selling their products for the purpose of putting inmates to death.

"Executing states must now go underground if they want to get hold of medicines for use in lethal injection," Maya Foa of the human rights group Reprieve told the Times.

Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the pro-capital punishment Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, disagreed. He said states will still be able to buy chemicals for executions from compounding pharmacies, which can whip them up on special order.

"Using compounding pharmacies is not going underground, they're legitimate businesses," he told NBC News.

But two groups representing compounding pharmacies — The American Pharmacists Association and the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists — have already told their members to stop making the lethal cocktails.

Tags : , ,



The idea behind the text.
Respect for the truth is almost the basis of all morality.
Nothing can come from nothing.

Popular Topics


Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show's called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they're going to make more shows.

Like you, I used to think the world was this great place where everybody lived by the same standards I did, then some kid with a nail showed me I was living in his world, a world where chaos rules not order, a world where righteousness is not rewarded. That's Cesar's world, and if you're not willing to play by his rules, then you're gonna have to pay the price.

You think water moves fast? You should see ice. It moves like it has a mind. Like it knows it killed the world once and got a taste for murder. After the avalanche, it took us a week to climb out. Now, I don't know exactly when we turned on each other, but I know that seven of us survived the slide... and only five made it out. Now we took an oath, that I'm breaking now. We said we'd say it was the snow that killed the other two, but it wasn't. Nature is lethal but it doesn't hold a candle to man.

You see? It's curious. Ted did figure it out - time travel. And when we get back, we gonna tell everyone. How it's possible, how it's done, what the dangers are. But then why fifty years in the future when the spacecraft encounters a black hole does the computer call it an 'unknown entry event'? Why don't they know? If they don't know, that means we never told anyone. And if we never told anyone it means we never made it back. Hence we die down here. Just as a matter of deductive logic.