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Latest Reprieve News - 17th May

Reprieve has today released a new video aimed at helping pharmaceutical companies unwillingly caught up in the US death penalty system.

The video addresses industry concerns that state Departments of Corrections are covertly buying drugs for use against their manufacturers' will to kill prisoners. It describes the stark realities of lethal injection process, which often causes physical suffering amounting to torture, and features co-founder of lastminute.com Martha Lane Fox, Head of Science and Ethics at the British Medical Association Dr Vivienne Nathanson and former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord Ken Macdonald.

The film urges firms to sign the Pharmaceutical Hippocratic Oath pledging that their medicines must be used to 'help not harm'. Danish manufacturer Lundbeck was the first to sign the Oath, and has now imposed simple distribution controls which have halted the flow of its drugs to execution chambers while ensuring they remain available for legitimate medical use. The company is now urging others to follow suit.

Reprieve investigator Maya Foa said: “Medicine has no place in executions, and pharmaceutical companies feel this as strongly as doctors. Many of them, however, unaware that prisons across the USA are using their products to kill. Prisons will go to great lengths to procure drugs for lethal injection, with no concern for the interests, wishes or reputation of their manufacturers.

Now, more than ever, the industry needs to be united in its opposition to this abuse of its medicines. "Lundbeck has shown that companies can control the distribution of their products, that they do not have to be complicit in executions against their will. Others are following suit. By signing up to the Pharmaceutical Hippocratic Oath,companies can make their ethical position clear, and remove themselves from this awful business for good."

To see the video click here.

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