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Pharmaceutical Pfizer has announced restrictions on the sale of some of its products to avoid their use as lethal injections for convicts sentenced to death in the United States.


According to The New York Times it was last pharmaceutical company in United States and Europe that has not yet taken that step.

In the past five years, close to 20 European and American pharmaceutical companies have blocked the use of their products for that purpose.

“We are restricting distribution of specific products that haven been part of the protocols of execution in particular states. Pzifer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections”, company affirmed in a statement.

Pfizer published a list with seven products as propofol, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride that from now on will be distributed in a restrictive way on the condition that these don’t be sold for lethal injections.

Faced with the scarcity of lethal injections, some states like Arizona and Texas tried to buy the necessary drugs in India, but the products were seized by federal authorities upon their arrival in the United States.

Other states have approved the use of alternative methods such as the firing squad (Utah), the electric chair (Tennessee) and asphyxiation with hydrogen (Oklahoma), although, none has put into practice..

Some states, like Texas itself, have obtained drugs from small laboratories that maintain strict secrecy to avoid receiving threats from activists opposed to the death penalty.

Austin (USA), May 14, 2016, EFE/Practica Español

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