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Missouri Department of Corrections to use one drug for executions

Published On: Oct 22 2013 02:11:44 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 22 2013 02:31:06 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -

The Missouri Department of Corrections announced Tuesday it has chosen a new lethal injection drug.

The DOC will switch to pentobarbital, which is administered through an IV. The Death Penalty Information Center says 13 states use the drug for executions.

The new drug will replace propofol. Gov. Jay Nixon asked the department earlier this month to find a new drug after the European Union threatened to limit the drug's export.

Nixon on Oct. 11 halted the execution of convicted killer Allen Nicklasson, scheduled for Oct. 23, in part because the European Union was weighing export limits on propofol if it was used in an execution. Most propofol is made in Europe.

The department also announced that it has added a compounding pharmacy to its execution team. The compounding pharmacy will be responsible for providing pentobarbital for executions.

The next execution in state -- Joseph Paul Franklin -- is scheduled for Nov. 20. Franklin was sentenced to death for the Oct. 1977 murder of Gerald Gordon outside a St. Louis-area synagogue.

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