For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
January 7, 2011 5:52 AM Subscribe
176 Horn Lane, Acton, London
, probably isn't an address you think of when it comes to death sentences in Arizona and California. It is the home of a small driving school. And Dream Pharma
, a mom and pop pharmaceutical wholesaler.
It has recently emerged that Dream Pharma
exported sold 150 vials of sodium thiopental, 180 vials of potassium chloride, and 450 vials of pancuronium bromide to the Arizona State Prison on September 28th, 2010. The full details of the transaction are outlined by Reprieve, a UK anti death penalty advocacy group
Shortages in the US of sodium thiopental
have led some states, such as Oklahoma and Oregon to use pentobarbital
, which is more commonly in the West used to euthanase pets.
Hospira, the sole U.S. maker of the drug, has not produced a fresh supply of thiopental for over a year,
forcing some states to import the drug from Europe. Supplies are sufficiently tight that Arizona had to give some of its supplies to California
. However, until recently, it has not been 100% clear that importation into the US of sodium thiopental was legal
, either from a US or a UK standpoint. The FDA has now said it will permit the importation of the drug.
In the UK meanwhile, the government has first declined to place export controls on sodium thiopental
. On the 30th November last year, it effectively banned the export of the drug to the US.