There is no longer a single major US drug company from which prisons can access drugs for death penalty executions.
“Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve. Consistent with these values, Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment,” a statement approved March 28 from the Pfizer website said. The company also promised to enforce its policy. “Pfizer will consistently monitor the distribution of these seven products, act upon findings that reveal noncompliance, and modify policies when necessary to remain consistent with our stated position against the improper use of our products in lethal injections,”
In 2009, manufacturing problems at the sole factory approved by the US government to create the ingredient led to the plant’s shutdown. It was operated by Hospira, a drug device company recently acquired by Pfizer. That closure followed by European bans on exports of lethal injection drugs to the US prompted states with the death penalty to scramble for alternatives.