October 11, 2013 12:22 PM

Missouri governor halts execution of Allen Nicklasson

He would have been the first person ever executed in the U.S. with a lethal dose of propofol. Missouri’s plan to use propofol drew warnings from its European manufacturer and American doctors that it could trigger a nationwide shortage of the drug, which is administered about 50 million times each year in the U.S. for procedures ranging from tonsillectomies to heart surgery.

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