Killing With Kindness: Why the FDA Need Not Certify Drugs Used for Execution Safe and Effective
Annas, George J.
American Journal of Public Health. 1985 Sep; 75(9): 1096-1099.
In 1977, Texas and Oklahoma became the first states to legalize administration of the death penalty by lethal injection; by late 1985, 14 other states had followed suit. Opponents of the death penalty petitioned the Food and Drug Administration in 1980 to declare drugs specified for use in executions as "not approved," and to prevent their use for that purpose. When the FDA denied their request, the petitioners took legal action against the agency, eventually arguing their case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against them in
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