Drug Deaths Prevented by FDA
Some executions in the United States have been put on hold because of a shortage of one of the drugs used in lethal injections.
Several of the 35 states that rely on lethal injection are struggling to secure supplies of sodium thiopental - an anaesthetic that renders the condemned inmate unconscious - or considering using another drug.
As for the possibility of obtaining the drug elsewhere, the Food & Drug Administration said there are no FDA-approved manufacturers of sodium thiopental overseas.
I gather the drug is being used for an "off-label" use anyway - the manufacturers are a bit sniffy - "Hospira provides these products because they improve or save lives and markets them solely for use as indicated on the product labelling." So why do they need FDA approval, what's the worse side effect that could happen, a rash?