TDCJ Drops Three-Drug Combination for Executions

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TDCJ Drops Three-Drug Combination for Executions

Published on July 11, 2012 by Larry Crippen

TDCJ is changing the way they do executions. Texas prison officials announced Tuesday that they would use pentobarbital in their execution procedure instead of the usual three-drug combination. TDCJ says it has run out of the second drug formerly used called pancuronium bromide.

In 2011, they used pentobarbital to take the place ot sodium thiopental, a drug which became unavailable when the supplier in europe stopped manufacturing it because of pressure from groups against the death penalty.

In May, TDCJ said it had enough doses of pentobarbital for up to 23 executions.

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