sodium thiopental

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Missouri’s plans to use the anesthetic propofol in executions may face new delays.

In May, Missouri announced it was switching to propofol after sodium thiopental, another drug commonly used in executions, became harder to acquire. But, Fresenius Kabi USA, one of propofol’s two domestic suppliers, announced last week it was instructing its distributors not to fill orders from departments of corrections in the United States.

Missouri first state to adopt propofol for executions

May 24, 2012
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The Missouri Department of Corrections will switch to propofol for all executions.

It’s is best known as the anesthetic that killed pop star Michael Jackson.