COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Records obtained by The Associated Press show that Ohio's most recent batches of lethal execution drugs were produced by a company that wants states to stop using them for capital punishment.
Supplies of a sedative and a painkiller obtained by Ohio in 2012 and 2013 are called for by the state's execution policy and resulted in a prolonged execution last month that sparked calls for a moratorium on capital punishment.
The drugs purchased from Illinois-based Hospira were used in the Jan. 16 execution of Dennis McGuire.
Hospira says it manufactures the drugs to enhance and save the lives of patients it serves.
Documents obtained through a public records request show Ohio purchased its most recent batch of Hospira-made narcotics from drug distributor McKesson.