Akorn Pharmaceuticals has issued a statement that it will no longer sell the sedative midazolam to prisons in an effort to keep the drug from being used in lethal injections.
From NBC News:
Akorn Pharmaceuticals made the move after one of its package inserts was included in court documents filed by Alabama in the appeal of death-row inmate Thomas Arthur.
The Illinois-based drug maker says the material came from its website and was used only as an example, insisting it did not supply the drug in question, a sedative called midazolam, to Alabama's correctional system — either directly or through wholesalers. Going forward, it's taking steps to ensure that none of its drugs are used to kill prisoners.
"Akorn strongly objects to the use of its products to conduct or support capital punishment through lethal injection or other means," the company said in a statement. "To prevent the use of our products in capital punishment, Akorn will not sell any product directly to any prison or other correctional institution and we will restrict the sale of known components of lethal injection protocols to a select group of wholesalers who agree to use their best efforts to keep these products out of correctional institutions."
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