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November 8, 2013 10:50 PM

Secrecy around Missouri execution drug is drawing criticism

It’s no secret that Missouri’s new execution drug is an effective killer. What is secret is the name of the compounding pharmacy that will supply pentobarbital as Missouri’s lethal injection agent. And that secrecy, along with a growing concern about the unregulated nature of such pharmacies, could propel the state into a protracted legal fight before it can carry out its first execution since early 2011.

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