Death Row Prisoners Can't Challenge Drug Imports: FDA

Law360, Washington (February 9, 2012, 5:58 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sought to convince a Washington federal judge Thursday that a group of death row prisoners lacks standing to ask the agency to stop allowing the importation of unapproved sodium thiopental, which is used to help carry out executions.

The prisoners lodged their case in February 2011, arguing that the FDA must deny admission to any drug, such as sodium thiopental, that is unapproved, misbranded or adulterated. There are numerous alternative drugs that are appropriate for use as general anesthetics and...
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