The Future of Pharmacies & Lethal Injections in Missouri

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison. (Wikipedia Commons)

The State of Missouri has a new protocol for executions, put in place only last month, and about to be put into practice for the first time this week.

On Wednesday, a man on death row is set to be executed by the lethal injection of a drug called pentobarbital. It's commonly used to euthanize animals.

But the manufacturer of pentobarbital doesn't want the drug to be used to kill humans, so the state is buying it from an unregulated compounding pharmacy.

And we don't know which compounding pharmacy—because it's now illegal in Missouri to name the manufacturer, supplier, or compounding pharmacy who is selling the state the execution drugs.

This story is about how public policy on the death penalty in Missouri came to be in tension with global drug-manufacturing markets.

Political reporter Chris McDaniel has been covering the controversy for St. Louis Public Radio. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest developments surrounding the death penalty in Missouri. 


Chris McDaniel

Hosted by:

Anna Sale

Produced by:

Ibby Caputo and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

if these scum bag cops want to argue that it's too expensive to house these evil MF'ers than maybe they should dial back on all the non-violent drug arrests. I'm pretty sure they cost shitload too.

Nov. 19 2013 10:05 AM

the death penalty is archaic. I think the only reason it even exists is this countries christian roots. The idea that somehow, after the police or "justice system" murder the murderer or rapist, or falsely accused person, that that person will go to hell. I think that's the mental bs behind it for the victims of the crime who desire it.

you know, let God punish them. all it really does is give the evilest people on earth an easy way out of their misery. taking life of any kind is generally wrong. especially if you've already got the weirdo locked and shackled in a solitary cell for the rest of their lives. cut to black.

Nov. 19 2013 09:18 AM

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