YubaNet.com
Thursday, October 30 2014

            We Deliver News to the Sierra
News Fire News spacer Latest News spacer Regional News spacer California News spacer USA News spacer World News spacer Op-Ed spacer Enviro News spacer Sci Tech News spacer Life spacer Odd News spacer Cartoons spacer
Features The Calendar features features Weather features Sierra NightSky features features features Road Conditions features Home spacer
US
 

Britain to block export of new execution drug to US


    Google+    

By: Reprieve

July 11, 2012 - The UK Government has this week decided to impose strict export controls on the anaesthetic propofol, following the revelation that American prisons planned to use the medicine to execute prisoners.

In a further blow to US death penalty states already struggling with shortages of lethal drugs, Business Secretary Vince Cable wrote to Reprieve Director Clive Stafford Smith: "I have decided that I will impose a national control Order on the export of propofol to the United States."

In May, the state of Missouri became the first to announce its intention to use propofol to kill prisoners. The state had previously used the barbiturate sodium thiopental, in conjunction with two other drugs, until action by domestic manufacturers and European export controls blocked its supply to US executioners. Some states then moved to a secondary barbiturate, pentobarbital, but the drug's Danish manufacturer Lundbeck responded by imposing strict distribution controls. Missouri was then forced to resort to propofol, a new category of drug which has never been used in capital punishment.

The British Business Secretary's decision to control UK-US exports of propofol will now prevent Missouri, and all US execution chambers, from sourcing this experimental execution drug from Britain. Reprieve welcomes the move, and is urging the European Commission to follow suit (as it did in 2011 when the UK moved to control exports of sodium thiopental and pentobarbital) with an amendment to a European Regulation to protect other European manufacturers from unwittingly facilitating US executions.

The Business Secretary's letter states: "I have instructed my officials in the Export Control Organisation to start work on the necessary licensing arrangements. Our policy in this case will be to put a process in place to expedite any requests to export propofol to legitimate end-users, but to refuse licenses for direct exports to correctional authorities in the United States, and also in cases where we assess that there is a clear risk of diversion to correctional authorities."

Reprieve investigator Maya Foa said: "This is a welcome and timely move by the British government, reflecting their longstanding ethical opposition to capital punishment. The new export control will go a long way to protecting the British pharmaceutical industry from unwitting complicity in executions in the USA, but more action will have to be taken at a European level to fully shut off the supply of execution drugs from Europe to US death chambers. Manufacturers themselves will have to remain especially vigilant, restricting the distribution of their medicines in the US lest they end up inadvertently fuelling the machinery of death."

NOTES:

Further information on Missouri's new execution protocol – including the original text – can be found here: http://www.missourinet.com/2012/05/17/corrections-department-adopts-new-drug-for-lethal-injections

Propofol is on the FDA's list of current drug shortages: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/DrugShortages/ucm050792.htm

Further information on the executions Missouri is scheduling can be found here: http://missourideathrow.com

Reprieve recently issued a new film urging corporations to sign the 'Pharmaceutical Hippocratic Oath' and prevent their drugs being used to kill: http://reprieve.org.uk/press/2012_05_17_film_slip_pharma_hippo_oath

Reprieve, a legal action charity, uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates, working on the frontline, to provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. Reprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, securing each person's right to a fair trial and saving lives. Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA.

Reprieve's current casework involves representing 15 prisoners in the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, assisting over 70 prisoners facing the death penalty around the world, and conducting ongoing investigations into the rendition and the secret detention of ‘ghost prisoners' in the so-called ‘war on terror.'

 

Help us bring you more news. Be a real reader: Support YubaNet

By submitting a comment you consent to our rules. You must use your real first and last name, not a nickname or alias. A comment here is just like a letter to the editor or a post on Facebook. Thank you.

 

Latest Headlines

US

Suit to Nix Double-Crested Cormorant Shoot-on-Sight Orders

Oklahoma Women At Risk of Losing Access to Non-Surgical Abortion on November 1

Blackwater convictions: “The exception, not the rule” – UN expert body calls for global regulation of private security

Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life

Oklahoma Judge Greenlights Unconstitutional Clinic Shutdown Law

Update: New York City and CDC Report Positive Tests for Ebola in Volunteer International Aid Worker

Most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients

Americans toss 40 percent of food produced, while 50 million go hungry; New report raises concerns about food waste in U.S.

Owners of Safari Company Indicted for Illegal Rhino Hunts

New York City Reports Positive Test for Ebola in Volunteer International Aid Worker


More

 

 

 

 

NEWS . Fire News . Latest . Regional . California . USA . World . Op-Ed . Enviro . Sci/Tech . Life . Odd News . Cartoons
FEATURES . The Calendar .Weather . Sierra NightSky. Road Conditions
YubaNet.com . Advertising. About Us . Support YubaNet . Contact Us . Terms of Use . Privacy

YubaNet.com © 1999-2014
Nevada City, California (530) 478-9600