Lethal Injection Drug Discontinued By Sole Manufacturer

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The only U.S. manufacturer of a key lethal injection drug is discontinuing the drug’s production because Italian authorities wanted a guarantee that it wouldn’t be used to put inmates to death – a decision that c…

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The only U.S. manufacturer of a key lethal injection drug is discontinuing the drug’s production because Italian authorities wanted a guarantee that it wouldn’t be used to put inmates to death – a decision that could disrupt executions in states already struggling with a shortage of the drug.

Hospira Inc., of Lake Forest, Ill., said Friday that it had decided to switch manufacture of the anesthetic from its North Carolina plant to a Hospira plant in Liscate, outside of Milan, in Italy. But Italian authorities insisted the company control the product’s distribution all the way to the end user to guarantee it wouldn’t be used in executions.

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