Missouri, Georgia cases center on provider of lethal injection… | www.myajc.com

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Feb

Missouri, Georgia cases center on provider of lethal injection… | www.myajc.com

An Oklahoma compounding pharmacy with ties to Georgia’s prison system has been temporarily barred from selling lethal injection drugs to Missouri for an execution planned for later this month.

That same pharmacy may have sold Georgia’s prison system pentobarbital, a sedative used in executions, according to a document obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A federal judge Wednesday temporarily blocked The Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa from selling Missouri lethal injection drugs. .

With mass manufacturers of drugs used in executions in the United States shutting down or refusing to sell their products for lethal injections, Georgia, Missouri and other states have had trouble acquiring lethal injection drugs. Consequently, states have begun using compounding pharmacies, which make individual doses of drugs. The pharmacies have been promised anonymity to protect them from being targeted by anti-death penalty activists. And Georgia has one of the nation’s strictest laws, barring even courts from knowing the identity of pharmacies selling lethal injection drugs.But shielding their identities only raised a new legal issue in the capital punishment debate.

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