Health Desk—April 19, 2017: Pfizer and McKesson, along with drugmakers Fresenius Kabi and West-Ward, have all weighed in to stop Arkansas from using their drugs in its effort to perform seven executions in short order before the drugs expire at the end of the month, exhausting the state’s only remaining, or available, supply.
According to Reuters, McKesson was able to get a state judge in Arkansas to issue a temporary restraining order on Friday.
It told the judge the state has refused its demand that it return the drug, vecuronium bromide, after McKesson learned it intended to use it for executions in violation of its sales agreement.
The drug was manufactured by Pfizer, which has said it has made clear to its wholesaler and to states that still do executions that the drug, and about 15 others, are not to be sold or used for executions.
Sometimes, lawyers for inmates on death row have stalled executions by seeking to find out the sources of drugs used in executions to ensure they are safe and effective for use. That has led a number of states to write laws saying their states don’t have to disclose the source of their drugs.