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American Pharmacists Association votes against supply of lethal injection drugs

• The Guardian

A leading association for US pharmacists has told its members they should not provide drugs for use in lethal injections — a move that could make carrying out executions even harder for death penalty states.

The declaration approved by American Pharmacists Association delegates at a meeting in San Diego says the practice of providing lethal-injection drugs is contrary to the role of pharmacists as healthcare providers.

The association lacks legal authority to bar its members from selling execution drugs but its policies set pharmacists' ethical standards.

Pharmacists now join doctors and anaesthesiologists in having national associations with ethics codes that call on members not to participate in executions.

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