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An international coalition of medical professionals has called on the pharmaceuticals company Hospira to prevent their products from being used in US executions.
The European Commission has announced that it is blocking the export of certain key lethal injection drugs which are widely used in US executions.
The Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva is the latest firm to halt the manufacture of drugs used in US executions.
A leading neurologist who uses drugs produced by the pharmaceutical firm Lundbeck in his work, has taken legal action to prevent their use in lethal injections.
Troy Davis has been executed by lethal injection despite widespread and significant doubts over the safety of his original conviction.
British Members of Parliament have joined the European Union and Catholic bishops in calls to stop the execution of Manuel Valle in Florida.
Florida has stayed the execution of Manuel Valle to allow a hearing on whether the use of a new execution drug will cause him unnecessary pain.
Eyewitness reports on the execution of Roy Blankenship in Georgia US on June 201, suggest that the execution, using pentobarbital, may have been botched.
Lundbeck has told the legal charity Reprieve that the company has reconsidered its position on execution drugs.
Gayland Bradford, a prisoner with severe mental impairment has been executed in Texas using drugs produced by the Danish company Lundbeck