US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer stops availability of products for lethal injections

0,,17927963_303,00{DW} – Pfizer has announced it ‘strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment’ and is to stop making them available. The US concern joins a long list of others taking similar measures.

Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, is to stop making its powerful drugs available for executions, according to a report in the New York Times on Friday.

Pfizer joins over 20 US and EU pharma firms that have stopped making their drugs available. The EU banned exports of a sedative used to carry out lethal injections in the US in 2011.

“We are enforcing a distribution restriction for specific products that have been part of, or considered by some states for, their lethal injection protocols,” Pfizer said on its website. “Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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