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How Dreadful

I’ve just read on the Fierce Pharma website that the FDA proposes to test a drug imported from the UK that is to be used in the execution of prisoners on death row in the U.S.

I suppose there is a kind of grim logic in trying to ensure that the drug does not cause additional pain to the unfortunate victims, but the ending of the death penalty would be a better solution.

The drug (sodium thiopental) apparently has legitimate medical uses and was imported from the UK during a temporary drop in supply from U.S. sources.

The British government has decided to ban export of the drug for use in executions. Well done.

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