HANDS OFF CAIN: EXCELLENT DECISION BY HOSPIRA TO CEASE PRODUCTION OF SODIUM THIOPENTAL FOR LETHAL INJECTIONS
January 21, 2011: Hands Off Cain, the Radical Association which campaigned to prevent sodium thiopental (a drug used in lethal injections) which had been manufactured in Italy from reaching American prisons, applauds the decision of pharmaceutical company, Hospira, to stop manufacturing the drug.
Â âThis is an excellent outcome, which far exceeds our expectations,â declared Sergio DâElia, the Secretary of Hands Off Cain. âEspecially since for us it would have been sufficient if the company had committed to specifying in their sales contracts that the product is only to be used for medical purposes and to ensure that âmade in Italyâ sodium thiopental does not find its way into prisonsâ, he continued.
The Lower House of Italian Parliament had recently approved a motion, submitted by Radical MP, Elisabetta Zamparutti, Â which proposed exactly that, and the Italian Government had also supported the campaign of Hands Off Cain, the ComunitĂ di SantâEgidio and the British human rights organisation, Reprieve.
âWe take our hats off to Hospiraâ, DâElia continued, âfor having chosen the most radical and secure solution, in line with the Italian commitment to put a global end to the absurd and archaic practice of the death penalty.â âThis decisionâ, the Secretary of Hands Off Cain concluded, âwill perhaps mean a none too brief de facto moratorium on executions in many States of America, where for months the executioner has been unemployed because of the shortage of the drug required for the lethal injection.â Â (Sources: NtC, 21/01/2011)