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Nebraska tried buying death penalty drug from domestic firm

Nebraska tried buying execution drug from US company after failed attempts with firm in India

Nebraska tried buying death penalty drug from domestic firm

LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) -- Nebraska prison officials unsuccessfully tried to buy an execution drug from a Mississippi-based company after trying for months to get it from a distributor in India.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Nebraska ordered about $825 worth of pancuronium bromide last month from Gulf Coast Pharmaceuticals Plus, a company connected to a firm that faced disciplinary action in other states.

The order was cancelled because the company didn't have the muscle relaxant in stock. Nebraska had already spent $26,000 to buy 1,000 doses it hasn't been able to import from an Indian distributor.

The documents reflect problems death-penalty states face amid a national shortage of the drugs. They also show Nebraska is trying to obtain execution drugs despite an ongoing fight over abolishing the death penalty in Nebraska.

Updated : 2021-09-24 07:33 GMT+08:00