Thanks Pfizer, no probs, back to using Old Sparky

Pfizer doesn’t want its drugs used in the cocktail given as a lethal injection for the execution of criminals.

Pfizer Inc has taken steps to ensure that none of its products are used in lethal injections.

“We are enforcing a distribution restriction for specific products that have been part of, or considered by some states for, their lethal injection protocols,” the New York-based drugmaker said on its website on Friday (local time).

“Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment.”

The move shuts off the last remaining open market source of drugs used in executions, following similar actions by more than 20 US and European drugmakers, according to a report in the New York Times on Friday.  

The list of products includes the powerful anaesthetic propofol, the drug that caused the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson.

The other Pfizer products the drugmaker said it will block from use in executions are pancuronium bromide, potassium chloride, idazolam, hydromorphone, rocuronium bromide and vecuronium bromide.

Pfizer’s distribution restriction limits the sale of the seven products to a select group of wholesalers, distributors, and direct purchasers under the condition that they will not resell these products to correctional institutions for use in lethal injections, the company said.

Pfizer said it offers the products because they save or improve lives, and markets them solely for use as indicated in the product labelling.

Yeah, no probs, we don’t want those prisoners executed in a humane way anyway. Looks like Old Sparky is going to have to get dusted off.

It would, of course, be much cheaper and easier to just shoot them.


– Newshub



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  • Uncle Bully

    Utah predicted this nonsense, and enacted Plan B.

    I collect old number plates to decorate the wall of my workshop, and the one I have from Utah is the only one with a bullet hole.

    • Davo42

      I have a stash of US plates on my shop wall too – the Best one is New Hampshire which says “Live free or die” across the top. I love the irony that it was made by a prisoner.

  • MarcWills

    I wonder how much it would cost to make potassium chloride? It’s not as though it would have to be sterile in these cases. Why would you pay a drug company for this considering the circumstances?

  • Brian Anderson

    This is a strange non-story. The drug sequence is: Hypnotic to create unconsciousness, Muscle relaxant to stop breathing and Potassium chloride to cause cardiac arrest (because death can’t be declared until the heart stops. Electrical activity from the heart can continue for 15 – 20 minutes after breathing stops!)
    The barbiturates are long out of copyright control and any one of them injected will cause unconsciousness. Several historic muscle relaxants are available – it doesn’t have to be the latest. Why not a small state-run manufacturing of these cheap generic alternatives rather than paying a premium price for branded products?

  • phronesis

    Hypoxia is cheap and effective. Any inert gas will do. If you really felt the need you could use nitrous oxide and let them die laughing.

  • BR

    I don’t know why they waste the time and expense needed for lethal injections. Hanging or shooting is quicker, cheaper and just as effective.


  • Old Dig

    I think the French had the right idea with the guillotine, probably the most efficient execution device ever made. So effective that it was used for over 200 years, last used in 1977.

    • WeaselKiss

      I’m sure you are aware that this very method of final dispatch has been officially written into modern legislation in the US.
      The rationale is that this method renders various organs to be ‘reusable’ after the process which is something that electrocution, poisoning or firing squad does not.

      • Old Dig

        Now that is a good idea. The scumbags can pay their debt to society by having their organs used to save a few lives.

  • waldopepper

    very strange. in the land of the free, it appears that you now not only sell your products, but are also able to dictate to the purchaser how they will be used ? this could be what companies like general motors have been waiting for. they can dictate that you cant have a gm car in a garage next to any other brand, meaning the purchaser has to by the wife a gm car instead of a honda. or colgate dictating that their toothbrushes can only be used with colgate toothpaste, no other brand. only in the states lol.

  • Doug

    Or they could dance the hemp fandango, when done right this is an efficient method of execution, and if rope manufacturers decided not to supply due to them being anti capital punishment, I am sure prisoners could manufacture it easy enough

  • PBNZ

    This is just the latest in companies that do not want to be involved in the lethal injection market. Most companies are now refusing to supply medications to allow lethal injections on either potential future legal issues or that they do not want to be associated with this practice. There are numerous stories coming out of the USA of prison staff crossing state borders to buy drugs for lethal injections to try and get around these issues. Thiopentone was the initial drug which triggered all of this. As someone who uses these drugs therapeutically on a daily basis I can actually see where they are coming from. Unfortunately it is people like myself who could actually do this deed properly and humanely, but it is not supported by our specialty and as what we subscribe to with the Hippocratic Oath etc, so it tends to be done by people who have no idea what they are doing and hence some horror stories from botched executions.
    A link FYI, lots more out there….