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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.
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.
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
A pension fund has sold a large share holding in the pharmaceutical company Lundbeck over concerns about the use of their drugs in US executions.
The Copenhagen-based pharmaceutical company Lundbeck has refused to submit testimony to a US court opposing the use of its drugs in executions.
Drugs supplied by European pharmaceutical companies are to be used to execute two US prisoners on the 3rd and 6th of May.
The legal charity Reprieve has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Business that it is introducing controls on the export of execution drugs to the US.
The Danish pharmaceutical manufacturer Lundbeck seems likely to become the dominant supplier of execution drugs in the USA.