DANISH COMPANY REJECTS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BUT WONâ€™T STOP US EXECUTION DRUG
March 30, 2011: A Danish company that unwittingly has become a key supplier of an execution drug in the U.S. says itâ€™s not going to withdraw or restrict it, even though it objects to the chemical being â€śmisusedâ€ť for capital punishment.
CEO Ulf Wiinberg told AP on Wednesday that Lundbeck A/S is doing â€śall we canâ€ť to dissuade U.S. states from using pentobarbital for lethal injections, but wonâ€™t pull it from the U.S. market.
He said Lundbeck also decided against rewriting U.S. distribution contracts to prevent the drug from being sold to prisons. Wiinberg says â€śwe donâ€™t believe it will work and we will not do it.â€ť
Several U.S. states including Texas have switched to pentobarbital for lethal injections to replace another chemical thatâ€™s no longer readily available. (Sources: Associated Press, 30/03/2011)