This week the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA) issued a statement opposing the Missouri Department of Corrections use of propofol in lethal injections. Missouri is set to use propofol to execute Allen Nicklasson on Oct. 23, making the state the first in the nation to use the anesthetic drug in executions.
The MSA notes that Europe supplies over 89% of the propofol used in the United States. The European Union strongly opposes capital punishment and has strict regulations to require immediate export restrictions of any drug used for lethal injection.
According to MSA President Dr. Larry Peterson, if Missouri uses this anesthetic in a single lethal injection, over 15,000 hospitals, clinics, and health care facilities across the country are at risk of losing their supply of propofol in operating rooms.
Posted: October 4, 2013