Firms urged to keep lethal drug from U.S.
Germany’s health minister has written to the nation’s leading drug companies and distributors urging them to ignore requests from the United States for supplies of sodium thiopental, a key drug used in lethal injections, his spokesman confirmed Saturday.
German law does not prohibit sale of the drug abroad, but Philipp Roesler told drug firms that its potential use in theUnited States is not in keeping with German and European values.
Supplies of the drug are growing short after the sole U.S. manufacturer ceased production. It is still marketed in Germany as an anesthetic.