Many European suppliers refuse to sell the drugs because of their objections to capital punishment, and U.S. manufacturers fear protests and boycotts
if they are identified.
Since then, Oklahoma has started using compounding pharmacies to issue the drugs, which are scarcely regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug
Attorneys for the inmates said because the drugs are not FDA-approved, there is no way to guarantee their safety, citing the case of Oklahoma inmate
Michael Lee Wilson, who said, “I can feel my whole body burning,” after being injected with drugs from a compounding pharmacy.
Both Lockett and Warner’s executions were originally scheduled for March, but the state moved the dates to April 22 and April 29, respectively,
because it could not obtain the drugs it needed to kill them.
In response to the drug shortage under the old lethal injection protocol, the state changed its execution procedure and now allows five different drug
Pruitt said this gives the state the ability to “pivot” when lethal injection drugs are hard to find.
Last week,he also said the state will have an independent lab test the execution drugs manufactured by the compounding pharmacy for purity, ensuring
they are safe for use.
Though it is not mandated by the state’s execution protocol, he said he will recommend that ODOC releases the lab’s certification to the public in
all future executions.
Pruitt said if the drug’s safety is guaranteed, the only reason to want the manufacturer identified would be to cause controversy.
His office cites an emailed bomb threat to an Oklahoma compounding pharmacy after it was identified as supplying drugs for Oklahoma executions.
Attorneys for Lockett and Warner argue that the certification still does not guarantee the drugs are safe for use because the state is also refusing
to identify the independent testing lab.
Furthermore, the attorneys argue, the new drug cocktail that state will use to kill Lockett has never been used before.
“The five combinations include at least four that would require compounded medicines, which carry significant risks of contamination, dilution, and
counterfeiting,” Lockett and Warner’s attorneys wrote in the application for a stay of execution. “They also include two methods that have never
been used in Oklahoma, and involve novel drug combinations and dosages never before used in any execution in this country. To say that this new
protocol raises concerns about the safety and efficacy of the specified methods would be an understatement."
edit on 30-4-2014 by LucidWaking83
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