ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Department of Corrections is sending a shipment of propofol back to the distributor, 11 months after the company's urgent request for the anesthetic to be returned.
Missouri plans to become the first state to use propofol in an execution on Oct. 23. The department says in a news release Wednesday that it has remaining inventory. It doesn't say if enough remains for two executions scheduled in the coming weeks.
The propofol supplied by Morris & Dickson of Shreveport, La., was made by Fresenius Kabi of Germany. Morris & Dickson wrote to the corrections department on Nov. 2, saying the sale was a mistake.
Fresenius Kabi prohibits distribution of propofol to prisons because the anti-death penalty European Union could limit export of any drug used in an execution.