Florida to mix new lethal injection drug cocktail
By Chip Skambis
With supplies of sodium pentobarbital running thin, corrections officials have decided to use a different drug to knock out Florida Death Row inmates during their executions.
The new drug, midazolam hydrochloride, will be the first of three drugs administered during lethal injection. It replaces pentobarbital, which is notoriously hard to find.
Florida and other states have struggled to maintain stockpiles of pentobarbital because Danish-based manufacturer Lundbeck refuses to sell it to those who will use it for executions.
The state Department of Corrections made the decision to change the drug earlier in September because the agency’s supply of pentobarbital was set to expire at the end of November.
The state will begin using the new drug on Oct. 15 with the execution of William Frederick Happ.
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