Two Oklahoma death row inmates sue state Corrections Department over lethal injection secrecy

Two men on Oklahoma’s death row are suing the state Corrections Department, challenging a statute which allows the source of the drugs used in the lethal injection process to be kept secret.
by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: February 26, 2014 at 9:58 pm •  Published: February 27, 2014
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Compounding pharmacies mix or alter drugs mainly for individual purposes, such as removing a particular ingredient a patient may be allergic to or creating a liquid form of a pill for children.

While compounding pharmacies are required to be licensed by the state in which they practice, they do not have to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, nor do their products have to be approved or tested by the FDA.

Cohen and others around the country raise concerns that the drugs could be potentially contaminated, causing severe pain to those executed.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the state Corrections Department, the defendant in the lawsuit, had no comment, said department spokesman Jerry Massie.


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by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the...
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