Company blocked from selling execution drug to Mo.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked an Oklahoma compounding pharmacy providing a drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections for use in an upcoming execution.

The judge issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday night in a federal lawsuit filed by Missouri death row inmate Michael Taylor.

Taylor's attorneys say the Department of Corrections contracts with The Apothecary Shoppe, a compounding pharmacy in Tulsa, to provide the drug set to be used in his lethal injection on Feb. 26.

The lawsuit says several recent executions involving the drug, compounded pentobarbital, indicate it will likely cause severe and "ultimately inhumane pain."

The state hasn't confirmed the pharmacy is the source for the drug. There was no immediate word on whether the ruling could delay the execution.

A hearing is set for Tuesday.

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