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August 22, 2017

Johnson & Johnson the latest drug company to balk about its drugs being used in lethal injection protocol

This notable new Wall Street Journal article reports on a notable new company expressing concern about an execution protocol. The piece is headlined "Johnson & Johnson Wades Into Death Penalty Debate For First Time: J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals protests use of its drug in a lethal injection."  Here is how the piece gets started:

A Johnson & Johnson company opposes plans by Florida authorities to use one of its drugs in a coming execution, marking the first time the world’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer has waded into the death-penalty debate.

Earlier this year, Florida amended its lethal-injection protocol to include etomidate, an anesthetic agent that has never been used in executions, after exhausting its supply of the sedative midazolam.  Florida authorities are slated to use the updated protocol for the first time on Thursday in the execution of Mark Asay, who was sentenced to death for the 1987 killings of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell in Jacksonville, Fla.

Scientists at Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals NV created etomidate in the 1960s.  The company never distributed the drug in North America and divested the rest of the business in 2016.  But the company protested on Monday Florida’s plan to use etomidate to render death-row inmates unconscious before injecting them with a paralytic agent and a third drug to stop their hearts.  “We do not support the use of our medicines for indications that have not been approved by regulatory authorities,” a Janssen spokesman said in an email.  “We do not condone the use of our medicines in lethal injections for capital punishment.”

No Johnson & Johnson drugs have been used so far in executions, according to Reprieve, an international-rights group that opposes the death penalty.  At least eight companies make etomidate. Florida, like many states, keeps the identity of its suppliers secret.

August 22, 2017 at 12:20 AM | Permalink


Greatness in the annals of great lawyer stupidity. The path of the totality of the eclipse was across nearly all white territory, and racist. This great example of lawyer idiocy is defended by this false left wing propaganda website, pretending to be a fact checking website, Snopes.



And what law school did this genius, feminist lawyer attend?

One guess. You got it.

Posted by: David Behar | Aug 22, 2017 1:09:51 AM

I can't stand this lawyer stupidity, anymore. Doesn't any responsible official read this blog?


Use carfentanyl. You can buy it right inside the prison, in plentiful and cheap supply. Dispatch the condemned, feeling great. One of the other prisoners will find a vein, flick his finger at it, and never miss. It is also a Schedule II drug, available by prescription, albeit, off label, from any pharmacy.

Posted by: David Behar | Aug 22, 2017 1:18:32 AM

As I have said, many, many times, when it comes to lawyers being crime victims, or crime in lawyer areas, as in my lawyer neighborhood? The death penalty is at the scene. No lawyer bullshit as in the above article. No PC. No procedures. Lawyer crime scenes are weasel and moron free.


Posted by: David Behar | Aug 22, 2017 1:53:55 AM


Posted by: Claudio Giusti | Aug 22, 2017 10:08:18 AM

And this is part of why neutral gas is such an attractive alternative. The materials are plentiful and not particularly regulated.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Aug 22, 2017 11:39:51 AM

And, if neutral gas was used, there would be more regulations, opposition and more comments [already raised by a few] on the problems as applied to executions.

Each time, people spoke of some new and better way.

Posted by: Joe | Aug 22, 2017 12:06:01 PM

Joe. I support the quite lively Italian death penalty. Put the violent criminal in population. They wake up murdered or a suicide. No costly procedure.

Posted by: David Behar | Aug 22, 2017 2:24:00 PM

Execution scheduled today delayed so innocence claims can be examined.

Posted by: Joe | Aug 22, 2017 7:37:41 PM

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