Lethal Injection News

The items contained herein are informational only and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or represent the position of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Lawsuit Follows Troubled Lethal Injection
A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the children of Dennis McGuire argues that his execution using two drugs never intended to kill people violated his constitutional rights — and U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules.
The Columbus Dispatch, January 25, 2014
Death Row Inmate Raises Two New Federal Appeals
The Columbus Dispatch, January 11, 2014
How Lethal Injection Works
Gizmodo India, November 6, 2013
The Tennessean, October 23, 2013
Drug Shipment Blocked Over Execution Plan
Raidió Teilifís Éireann (Ireland), October 11, 2013
Five Things About Drug at Issue in Mo. Executions
Seattle Post Intelligencer, October 11, 2013
Use of Anesthetic for Execution Might Cut Supply
News-Leader.com, September 27, 2013
Texas Resolves Lethal Injection Shortfall
GlobalPost, September 27, 2013
Montrealgazette.com, September 27, 2013
Medical Xpress, September 27, 2013
Action Sought Against Execution Anesthesiologist
The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a medical board to suspend certification for an anesthesiologist expected to participate in upcoming executions in Missouri.
Kansas City Star, August 30, 2013
Georgia's Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal in the case of a death row inmate who challenged a new law shielding the identity and methods of companies that make the state's lethal injection drugs.
Reuters, August 26, 2013
The State of Ohio plans to change by October the way it executes prisoners, largely because of a nationwide shortage of lethal injection drugs. Toledo Blade, August 23, 2013
Is Propofol The Right Drug For Missouri Executions?
Missouri could soon become the first state to execute prisoners using the drug propofol. That's the same anesthetic that killed pop star Michael Jackson. KRCU, August 22, 2013
Propofol Used for Death Penalty
With execution dates now set for two men on death row in Missouri, the state is on track to be the first to use the drug Propofol for the administering of the death penalty. Michael Jackson World Network, August 20, 2013
America Is Getting Desperate For Drugs To Execute People
When Danish drug company Lundbeck learned its product was being used for lethal injections, it refused to sell any more to U.S. prisons. Business Insider, August 19, 2013
Death Row Improvises, Lacking Lethal Mix
The decision by the Missouri Supreme Court to allow propofol, the same powerful anesthetic that caused the death of Michael Jackson, to be used in executions. New York Times, August 18, 2013
Missouri to Use Drug That Killed Michael Jackson for Executions
Superstar Michael Jackson died in 2009 from an overdose of propofol. The Missouri Supreme Court recently ruled that the state can use propofol to execute. Opposing Views, August 16, 2013
Concerns Raised Over Pending Mo. Executions
Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, said there is particular concern about propofol. CorrectionsOne, August 16, 2013
Manufacturers' Policies put Hurt on Execution Drug Supplies
Many turned to pentobarbital, but a shortage of that drug is now forcing some states to again seek alternatives like propofol. FiercePharma Manufacturing, August 5, 2013
Officials: Texas Running Out of Execution Drug
Prison officials acknowledged last year that if the supply of pentobarbital ran out, they had explored switching to other drugs. Austin American-Statesman, August 1, 2013
Missouri Attorney General Calls For Revival Of Gas Chambers
Koster's comments are the latest move to push forward executions, as litigation over the humanity of lethal injections using the anesthetic propofol continues. ThinkProgress, July 5, 2013

 Background Information

Protocol for Virginia's Lethal Injection
"Unlike some other states, Virginia holds its death chamber protocols very close to the vest, refusing to release them except under the most limited circumstances, and then only when compelled by a federal judge."
The Northern Virginia Daily, February 20, 2009
Lethal Injection: A Brief History
Time.com, June 25, 2008
Physicians and Execution
The New England Journal of Medicine, January 24, 2008
Development of Lethal Injection Protocols
Human Rights Watch Report, April 2006