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October 4, 2013

Ohio adopts new execution protocol to get needed drugs from compounding pharmacies

As reported in this local article, Ohio has yet another new execution protocol as of this afternoon. Here are the details:

Ohio’s revised execution policy maintains use of pentobarbital, a drug that is in short supply, but allows to the state get it from a new source: compounding pharmacies. The revised policy [available here], released this morning by Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, makes no major changes other than the source of the drugs used.

The policy does not directly address the critical issue of the shortage of pentobarbital, the single drug currently used in executions. The state used what it said was the last of its supply of the drug in executing Harry Mitts Jr. of Cuyahoga County on Sept. 25.

However, it now says that pentobarbital, and the backup drugs, Midazolam, a sedative, and Hydromorphone, a strong opiate, can all be obtained from a “manufacturer, distributor or compounding pharmacy.” The state has been buying from manufacturers or distributors, but not compounding pharmacies.

Such pharmacies doing customized preparation and mixing of chemicals, usually to meet specific needs of patients or clients. However, several other states — mostly recently Texas just this week — have turned to the compounding pharmacies because manufacturers of pentobarbital refuse to sell it to states that use it for executions. Colorado, Pennsylvania and South Dakota have either obtained or investigated buying drugs from compounding pharmacies....

Compounding pharmacies have come under fire in recent years because of problems with drugs, including a 2012 outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed 63 people and sickened hundreds, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since 1999, when Ohio resumed executions, prison officials have used three drugs, singly and in combination, for lethal injections. State officials said in a federal-court filing in August that the switch to a new execution protocol was necessary because the state’s supply of pentobarbital was running out.

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Having lost the argument that the DP is barbaric, undemocratic, unconstitutional, and generally a product of the Big, Bad Fascist Machine, abolitionism now has to settle for gimmick obstructionism involving whether we use Drug A or Drug B.


Posted by: Bill Otis | Oct 4, 2013 4:43:13 PM

Compounding pharmacies are permitted by current law to manufacture "drugs" under an M.D.'s prescription.

I just hope they test it for aspergillus niger under appropriate conditions, unlike NEM. Wouldn't want the recipients to develop fungal infections down the road.

Posted by: albeed | Oct 4, 2013 6:35:16 PM

Again, forget the cover of medication. These are poisons, not subject to FDA oversight, but to EPA and Department of Agriculture regulations. They should be produced and distributed around the country by Prison Industries following to 19th Century recipes.

If any DOJ lawyer or thug comes around on behalf of the FDA, have the State Police arrest him, and throw him out of the state, after a good beating for resisting arrest. To deter.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 4, 2013 11:47:33 PM

Go Buckeyes!

B. Otis: "abolitionism now has to settle for gimmick obstructionism involving whether we use Drug A or Drug B."

I concur. Because DP abolitionists believe that the goal of saving the lives of murderers from judicial ' murder'
is of unmatched import, and since they generally subscribe to an end-justifies-the-means morality,
no scheme could be too depraved for them to use.

Discernment is lacking in some, e.g. "Oh, I can see the difference killing a murderer and killing a baby in the womb.
My assertion is that there is no principled difference."--Daniel, SL&P, Apr 5, 2012 5:56:12 PM

Other foolhardy folk resort to irrelevant peer pressure, e.g. in 2005's Roper vs. Simmons, Kennedy cited: "The overwhelming weight
of international opinion against the juvenile death penalty…"

I wish all parties would realize the dishonour and mend their approach.

Posted by: Adamakis | Oct 5, 2013 3:56:37 PM

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