Pharmacy Supplying Execution Drug Won’t Sell to Missouri

This week an Oklahoma pharmacy agreed not to provide Missouri with the compounded pentobarbital needed for executions and acknowledged that it had not already provided the drug for the next execution scheduled for Michael Taylor on Feb. 26.  Missouri officials stand firm that they still plan to carry out the execution next week. The question remains how this will happen.

Earlier this month the Department of Corrections admitted that they had supplies of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone as “back-up” drugs.  These drugs have been used in only one other Ohio execution, appearing to cause an agonizing death.  Louisiana planned to use both of these drugs in an upcoming execution, but put the execution on hold after the Ohio incident.

Lawyers for Taylor have asked the federal district court to stop the execution because the new drugs are not part of Missouri’s execution protocol and changing drugs at this late date violates the defendant’s due process rights.
Posted: February 21, 2014

2 thoughts on “Pharmacy Supplying Execution Drug Won’t Sell to Missouri

  1. Kathleen Allers says:

    Do we know if Mr. Taylor also died an agonizing death? And what does the state of Missouri plan on doing for future executions? When is the next execution planned in Missouri?

    Respectfully yours,
    Kathleen Allers

    • mocatholic says:

      To our knowledge Mr. Taylor did not appear to suffer from any complications from the lethal injection drug. However, since the lethal injection drug is now made by a compounding pharmacy specifically for that execution, the potential for problems exist with each execution. According to the Department of Corrections, they are now obtaining the lethal drug from a compounding pharmacy in Missouri, but the name of the pharmacy is not known. So the public is not aware of any problems that may be associated with the pharmacy. The execution of Jeffrey Ferguson is scheduled for March 26.

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