Pfizer joins 20 other pharmaceutical companies in adding restrictions to the use of their drugs for executions. This has caused states that allow lethal injections to search for the narcotics needed from an increasingly narrow market. Due to the lack of suppliers willing to sell pentobarbital to CA to be used for executions, the cost could exceed $700,000 for the execution of 18 prisoners for whom their appeals have been exhausted.
“Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve,” the company said in Friday’s statement, and “strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment.”
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