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FDA helps states get execution drug

The Food and Drug Administration, which has long maintained that it has nothing to do with drugs used in executions, has quietly helped Arizona and California obtain a scarce type of anesthetic so the states could continue putting inmates to death.

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State goes overseas for lethal injection drug

The state attorney general's office said Tuesday that Arizona's supply of a drug used in lethal injections came from England, marking the first time a state has acknowledged obtaining sodium thiopental from an overseas source since a shortage of the drug started affecting executions in the U.S. this year.

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Arizona execution caught in drug supply debate

Claims based on politics, untested evidence and an undisclosed source for a drug in short supply will be debated as Arizona officials wrangle with lawyers for a death row inmate scheduled to be put to death in the state's first execution since 2007.

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