FDA is to appeal against ban on importing execution drug

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 06 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3972
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to go to court to try to secure supplies of drugs for death penalty lethal injections, as a shortage of the medicines causes states to delay executions.

The FDA is appealing against a US district judge’s ruling in March banning it from allowing thiopental sodium to be imported without first ensuring it was safe and effective for its purpose, as required by FDA regulations.

Judge Richard Leon in Washington, DC, ordered the five states that had imported the drug—Arizona, …

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