TUCSON, Arizona (AP) -- The state of Arizona has appealed to the Food and Drug Administration over its seizure of an execution drug not approved in the United States.
The FDA stopped the shipment of sodium thiopental in July at the Phoenix airport. The agency says it's illegal to import the drug.
But attorneys for the state say the FDA doesn't have the authority to stop the shipment.
State officials sought the drug out after changing its execution protocols following the drawn-out death of convicted murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood.
Wood took nearly two hours to die after being injected with a combination of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller.
The FDA says it is reviewing appeals by Arizona and also Texas, where officials also tried to import the drug without success.