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Texas still uses Lundbeck-drug for executions

A controversial drug, which was formerly owned by a Danish pharmaceutical company, is to be used by itself in Texas executions.

Foto: Lundbeck/PR

This Wednesday 33-year-old Yokamon Hearn will be the first Texas-inmate to be executed with the drug pentobarbital alone - a drug that was originally manufactured by the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck. Texas, the most execution-eager state in the US, has started using pentobarbital by itself, instead of in a combination of several drugs.

“So far pentobarbital has been one of three drugs used in combination for lethal injections, but it has become difficult for us to get hold of one of these other drugs, so we have chosen just to use pentobarbital,” Jason Clark, a spokesperson for the Texas prison system, to the Danish newspaper politiken.

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