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Ohio expects to have an alternative method of executing people next week
A Danish company has placed restrictions on sale of the drug the state has been using, pentobarbital

Jo Ingles
In The Region:
When the state executed Harry Mitts earlier this week, it used the last of its execution drug, pentobarbital. And it won’t be able to get any more from the manufacturer, Lundbeck, a European company that has imposed restrictions on sales to prisons for executions.

AP reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins has studied Ohio’s death penalty extensively. He says the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections plans to announce what it’s going to do by the end of next week.

Ohio looking for alternative method to get execution drug

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“Various hints, things that have been filed in court papers, leave a lot of people to believe that what they’ll do is begin using compounding pharmacies. These pharmacies are specially licensed to mix individual doses of drugs for patients,all kinds of drugs. (They have) nothing to do with executions or the death penalty.”

Welsh-Huggins says the pharmacies would be contracted to make individual doses of the execution drug, skirting the ban. And if that happens, he says a court suit will be filed immediately, which could delay future executions – including the next one scheduled for November.
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