Texas Decides on Substitute Execution Drug

Cleve Foster will be the first Texas inmate to receive the anesthetic drug pentobarbital — instead of sodium thiopental — in the three-drug cocktail that will be used in his execution on April 5.

Texas and other states that use lethal injection have been scrambling to find a substitute for sodium thiopental since the only American producer of it, Illinois-based Hospira Inc., announced in January it would stop selling the drug. Hospira had planned to manufacture the drug in an Italian plant, but authorities in that country wanted a guarantee that the drug would not be used in executions.  ...

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