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Pfizer blocks drug use for executions

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 00:47

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer imposes new controls on its products to stop their use in lethal injections. Rough cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Pfizer Inc has taken steps to ensure that none of its products are used in lethal injections, the largest U.S. drug maker said on Friday. The move shuts off the last remaining open market source of drugs used in executions, following similar actions by more than 20 U.S. and European drug makers, according to a report in the New York Times on Friday. The list of products includes the powerful anaesthetic propofol, the drug that caused the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson. The other Pfizer products the drug maker said it will block from use in executions are pancuronium bromide, potassium chloride, idazolam, hydromorphone, rocuronium bromide and vecuronium bromide. Pfizer's distribution restriction limits the sale of the seven products to a select group of wholesalers, distributors, and direct purchasers under the condition that they will not resell these products to correctional institutions for use in lethal injections, the company said. Pfizer said it offers the products because they save or improve lives, and markets them solely for use as indicated in the product labelling.

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Pfizer blocks drug use for executions

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 00:47