US hospitals face shortages of anaesthesia drug as supplies are diverted for executions

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 11 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3310
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

US hospitals are facing shortages of a key surgical anaesthetic drug because death rows use the same drug in executions and are stockpiling supplies, according to figures obtained under freedom of information legislation by the legal action charity Reprieve.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has repeatedly warned that the country is facing shortages of pancuronium bromide, a paralysing agent designed …

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