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  • n. Short-acting barbiturate that is available as both a free acid and a sodium salt.

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  • n. a barbiturate (trade name Nembutal) used as a sedative and hypnotic and antispasmodic


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  • Oklahoma last year became the first state to switch to another method, replacing sodium thiopental with pentobarbital, which is widely used to euthanize animals.

    Company to stop making drug commonly used in executions

  • The doctors who signed the open letter, led by David Nicholl, a neurologist at City Hospital in Birmingham, want to see Hospira following the example of Lundbeck, the Danish manufacturer of a barbiturate called pentobarbital that has been also used in US executions.

    US pharmaceutical firm Hospira under fire over use of its drugs in executions

  • Lawyers for death row inmate Gregory Walker argued that recording DeYoung's execution would provide critical evidence in his appeal about the effects of pentobarbital, which is the sedative now being used as the first step in Georgia's injection procedure.

    Ga. inmate dies in videotaped lethal injection

  • Lundbeck, which manufactures the drug in the US under the tradename Nembutal, now demands that its US distributors sign an agreement stating that they will not make pentobarbital, which is a sedative with a wide range of uses, available for prisons using it for lethal injections.

    Troy Davis case brings calls for execution drug controls

  • Generically known as pentobarbital, the drug was designed to treat epileptic seizures, and is also sometimes used to euthanize animals.

    Lundbeck 'Horrified' at Drug Execution Use

  • Sodium thiopental was used by most U.S. states as part of a lethal injection combination, but many have switched to an alternative drug called pentobarbital amid an ongoing shortage.

    The Seattle Times

  • DeYoung was executed today by a three-drug lethal injection using the anesthetic pentobarbital, which is also used to euthanise animals. | Top Stories

  • Lawyers for the state will argue in court that pentobarbital, which is used by vets to put dogs and cats down, would be an ideal substitute anaesthetic for death row inmates, the Wall - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Dieter expects states to move to other anesthetics such as pentobarbital, but a change would need to be approved, which could be slowed by lengthy court battles and legislative processes. - News

  • Dieter now expects states to move to other anesthetics such as pentobarbital, but that can mean lengthy court battles and potential legislative delays. - News


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