Entries tagged with “Harris Pharma

Policy Issues

Costs

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Lethal Injection

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Apr 15, 2021

Arizona DoC Paid $1.5 Million for Execution Drugs While Facing a Budget Crisis

At a time in which the Arizona Department of Corrections is fac­ing crit­i­cism for crum­bling infra­struc­ture, sub­stan­dard med­ical care, and under­staffing, the depart­ment has spent $1.5 mil­lion to pur­chase the lethal-injec­tion drug pen­to­bar­bi­tal from an undis­closed source. The exor­bi­tant price, experts say, is a func­tion of the ques­tion­able use of the drug for non-med­ical pur­pos­es and the secre­tive nature of the transaction.

Executions

Lethal Injection

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Oct 23, 2015

Arizona, Texas Attempted to Import Illegal Lethal Injection Drugs Linked to Indian Supplier with Troubling History

Arizona and Texas attempt­ed to import lethal injec­tion drugs in vio­la­tion of fed­er­al law, but the ship­ments were halt­ed by U.S. Food and Drug Administration offi­cials in late July, accord­ing to reports by The Arizona Republic and Buzzfeed. The Republic reports that the Arizona Department of Corrections paid $27,000 for sodi­um thiopen­tal for use in exe­cu­tions, but the ship­ment was halt­ed at the Phoenix air­port by U.S. Food and Drug Administration offi­cials. BuzzFeed reports that on the same date, the FDA halt­ed a sec­ond ship­ment of sodi­um thiopen­tal from the…

Executions

Lethal Injection

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Jul 05, 2017

Execution Drugs Three States Attempted to Illegally Import Have Now Expired

Three thou­sand vials of the anes­thet­ic sodi­um thiopen­tal that three states attempt­ed to ille­gal­ly import into the United States for use in exe­cu­tions have now expired, accord­ing to an inves­tiga­tive report by BuzzFeed News. Arizona, Nebraska, and Texas each pur­chased 1000 vials of the drug in 2015 from a ques­tion­able sup­pli­er in India called Harris Pharma, despite warn­ings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that impor­ta­tion of the drug would vio­late fed­er­al law.

Policy Issues

Secrecy

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Lethal Injection

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May 20, 2020

Nebraska Supreme Court Orders Release of Lethal-Injection Drug Records

In a major vic­to­ry for media out­lets and pris­on­er advo­cates, the Nebraska Supreme Court has ordered the state’s Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to release pub­lic records relat­ed to the pro­cure­ment of drugs used in the 2018 exe­cu­tion of Carey Dean Moore (pic­tured). The court reject­ed the state’s argu­ment that drug sup­pli­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers are mem­bers of the exe­cu­tion team whose iden­ti­ties may be shield­ed from dis­clo­sure but per­mit­ted DCS to redact infor­ma­tion that could iden­ti­fy cor­rec­tions per­son­nel who car­ried out the execution.