Company Again Sues To Halt Use Of Drug In Lethal Injections

Apr 18, 2017

A medical supply company is suing again to try and prevent Arkansas from using a lethal injection drug in the upcoming executions of two convicted killers, saying it was sold to be used for medical purposes.

McKesson Corp. asked a Pulaski County judge Tuesday to order Arkansas officials to return its supply of vecuronium bromide, one of three drugs used in the state's lethal injection protocol. The company has said prison officials misleadingly obtained the drug.

The lawsuit revives the company's attempts to block the use of the drug in Arkansas' executions. The state Supreme Court on Monday had lifted a judge's order blocking the drug's use in executions, which the company had initially sought. McKesson had asked to withdraw that lawsuit after a federal judge halted the state's multiple execution plan, but that judge's ruling was reversed by an appeals court Monday.

The state's plan to carry out a double execution on Monday night was scuttled after stays were issued for the two death row inmates.