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Drug made by Oklahoma business at issue in Missouri execution Published: January 23, 2014

The Tulsa World reports that attorneys have asked a federal court to halt an upcoming Missouri execution, arguing that an Oklahoma compounding pharmacy is supplying an “illegal and defective” drug used by both states to put inmates to death, records show.

Citing a statement made by an Oklahoma inmate during an execution Jan. 9, the attorneys and others are raising questions about whether the drug — pentobarbital — causes pain.

An attorney for Missouri inmate Herbert Smulls has filed a complaint with the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy seeking an investigation of a compounding pharmacy in Oklahoma that the attorney says supplies “substandard” pentobarbital for executions in Missouri, court records show.

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