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(Neb.) - Nebraska will not immediately turn over execution drug

By: John Thayer Posted at: 04/20/2012 10:44 AM
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska will not immediately turn over to federal authorities its supply of a drug used during lethal injections.
    
Instead, the Nebraska Attorney General's office is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to appeal a federal judge's recent ruling that the drug, sodium thiopental, was wrongly allowed into the U.S. That judge also ordered the FDA to notify any state with foreign-manufactured thiopental that its use is prohibited and that it must be turned over to the FDA.
    
Earlier this month, the FDA sent a letter to Nebraska authorities requesting the state's supply of sodium thiopental.
    
The Nebraska Attorney General's office sent a response Friday to the FDA saying "we are unaware of any evidence or reasons why" the state should turn over its supply of the drug.

    
     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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