Germany Urges to Stop Sales of Lethal Drug to US

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's health minister is urging the nation's leading drug companies and distributors to ignore requests from the U.S. for supplies of a key drug used in lethal injections.

A spokesman for Philipp Roesler confirmed Saturday the minister had written a letter to the nation's leading pharmaceutical companies "urgently" appealing to them not to respond to requests from the U.S. for the drug, sodium thiopental.

Supplies of the drug are growing short after the sole U.S. manufacturer ceased production. It is still marketed in Germany as
an anesthetic.

Although German law does not prohibit sale of the drug abroad, Roesler urged drug companies to understand that its potential use
in the U.S. is not in keeping with German and European values.

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    china will kill you for the price of a bullet in the back of the head. africa will drive nails into your head.
  • by it is all up to us Location: america on Jan 23, 2011 at 12:13 PM
    eddie-true the only we can take this country back from these idiots is quit buying forgein produts.that would be hard because probly 90 percent of everything we buy is from overseas. but we can do it.
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    good, now we can go back to a real death penalty.
  • by Eddie Location: Wacissa on Jan 22, 2011 at 03:44 PM
    This is why America should never buy anything from an American company that relocates overseas . We lost jobs so let them lose revenue . Also anything that comes into America from them needs to be taxed the same as any foriegn merchandise .No more tax breaks or loopholes .
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