The records showed the supplier of some of the propofol, Morris & Dickson, of Shreveport, La., had pleaded with the state nearly a year ago to return vials the company had shipped to Missouri in violation of its agreement with the manufacturer, Fresenius Kabi, of Germany, not to provide the drug for capital punishment.The state's admissions, as forced by the ACLU, proved damning. On October 11, Governor Jay Nixon postponed Nicklasson's execution date. And soon after, the Post-Dispatch reported grimly, Missouri announced a new execution protocol: "The state announced it would use pentobarbital, commonly used to euthanize pets."
The state finally returned the drug after the ACLU put the records on its web site. But it still had propofol manufactured by Hospira in stock from another supplier, Mercer Medical of suburban Seattle.
Then Hospira said it wanted its propofol back, too, because it had not authorized the sale to Mercer Medical.
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