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An execution carried out yesterday by Ohio, using a new, untested combination of drugs, shows strong signs of having caused prolonged suffering to the prisoner.
Prisons in the US are holding large stockpiles of life-saving medicines, which they plan to use in executions, while hospitals face shortages of the same drugs.
Pharmacies in the US are demanding that executioners in Texas do not use their drugs to carry out lethal injections.
A pharmaceutical company which has taken steps to prevent its product from being used in executions is to receive an award recognising ethical leadership.
A UK pharmaceutical firm has announced that it is "putting in place concrete steps" to stop the use of its drugs in executions.
One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies has taken steps to ensure its drugs cannot be used to carry out executions by lethal injection.
Prison authorities in South Dakota are refusing to release information on contaminated drugs made to order for an execution tonight (30 October).
Drugs from a compounding pharmacy have been used to execute a prisoner in Dakota in a potentially botched lethal injection, it has emerged.
The UK Government will impose strict export controls on the anaesthetic propofol in response to the intention of American prisons to use the drug in executions.
The BMA's annual meeting has called for an end to the use of medicines in executions and for controls on the distribution and export of drugs used for this purpose.