Indian pharmas won't sell death row drug to US

Prasanna Zore reports that Indian pharmaceutical companies who manufacture of the drugs used in lethal injections, sodium thiopental, say they will stop exports to the US with immediate effect.

Navneet Verma who owns Kayem Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, says that 13 US states had evinced interest in buying the drug,but they have turned down the enquiry. After the controversy erupted in the US, other Indian pharmaceuticals like Jagson pharma, Swiss pharma and Neon pharma have also decided not to sell sodium thiopental to the US correctional department that uses to carry out death sentences.

It is believed that ethics have prompted the decision.

Sodium thiopental is generally used along with pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride to create a cocktail with which several states in the US carry out the death sentence by lethal injection.