Firms urged to keep lethal drug from U.S.

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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