Botched US lethal injection raises concerns

Many pharmaceutical companies now refuse to supply drugs for death chambers, forcing states to find alternate suppliers.

    Legal challenges are expected after the botched execution of a prisoner on death row in the US state of Oklahoma.

    A lethal injection failed to kill Clayton Lockett and it took more than 40 minutes for him to be declared dead from a heart attack.

    This is the second time this year that an inmate has gasped for air during a lethal injection.

    Many pharmaceutical companies now refuse to supply drugs designed for use in US death chambers.

    As a result, state authorities are acquiring the drugs elsewhere, raising suspicions about drug quality and regulation.

    Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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