2. U.S. regulators block Texas, Arizona over import of execution drug
Thu Apr 20, 2017 | 9:27pm EDT
By Jon Herskovitz and Toni Clarke
A U.S. regulatory agency told Texas and Arizona that more than a thousand vials of drugs they ordered for executions in their states from India in 2015, and seized by U.S. Customs, will not be released to them, an official said on Thursday.
The Food and Drug Administration notified the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Arizona Department of Corrections that their confiscated shipments of sodium thiopental have been refused on the basis that the detained drugs appear to be unapproved new drugs and misbranded drugs, FDA press officer Lyndsay Meyer said.
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In January, Texas sued for the drug's release, saying in its lawsuit that it was importing the sodium thiopental for legal executions.
"My office will not allow the FDA to sit on its hands and thereby impair Texas’ responsibility to carry out its law enforcement duties," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said at the time.