Drug Maker 'Horrified' It's Being Used in Executions
Pentobarbital was intended as an epilepsy drug
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 8, 2011 12:04 PM CDT
This Oct. 24, 2001 file photo shows the death chamber at the state prison in Jackson, Ga.   (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)

(Newser) – A Danish pharmaceutical company says it's desperately seeking a way to stop US prisons from executing people with its epilepsy drug Nembutal. “We are horrified at this fact, and we are looking at ways to prevent prisons from getting this drug,” a spokesman for Lundbeck A/S said. “At first we considered stopping production of this product but there is a medical need for it and hospitals pleaded with us not to.”

The drug, generically used as pentobarbital, was originally designed for epilepsy, and has also been used to euthanize animals. But thanks to a shortage of sodium thiopental, some states have been trying to sub it in to their lethal injection cocktails. “When we first learned of this misuse of our drug we went public and protested strongly to the relevant prison governors and state politicians,” Lundbeck’s CEO tells the Wall Street Journal. Nembutal makes up only a tiny portion of Lundbeck’s sales.

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TiredMemeCat
Jun 8, 2011 5:52 PM CDT
Mark it down: within the year, a Repuglican state (probably Texas) will start killing the obviously guilty (read: Blacks and Latinos) either by firing squad or hanging them. Hell, knowing Texas, they will do the executions during county fairs with citizens (read: White) buying into a raffle to pull the trigger or pull the trapdoor lever.
ballen
Jun 8, 2011 3:49 PM CDT
Easy cure for the problem of putting people down--stop capital punishment. Life in prison without parole is less expensive since it would eliminate the cost of appeals. We need to quit being a nation that executes criminals. I know it is easy to say "hang the bastards, they deserve it" but capital punishment is wrong. Legalized murder is all it is.
billcrawford
Jun 8, 2011 2:09 PM CDT
A Danish pharmaceutical company says it's desperately seeking a way to stop US prisons from executing people with its epilepsy drug Nembutal. “We are horrified at this fact, and we are looking at ways to prevent prisons from getting this drug,” Your only horrified from a distance, if these criminals wiped out your family and friends you would run production in overtime mode to get rid of these pieces of garbage! So get real and stop the fake feigning.