Hospira’s Web Notice Discontinuing Execution Drug Has Global Implications - But Will Executions Stop? No: Meet Besse Medical of Ohio


On January 21, 2011, via its website, Illinois drug manufacturer Hospira, Inc. fired a shot heard ‘round the world as it announced in a short and sweet press release that it would no longer be making sodium thiopental (product name, Pentothal™). According to Hospira:

Hospira had intended to produce Pentothal at its Italian plant. ... [W]e cannot take the risk that we will be held liable by the Italian authorities if the product is diverted for use in capital punishment. Exposing our employees or facilities to liability is not a risk we are prepared to take.

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