At the 2015 American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, the House of Delegates voted to adopt a policy discouraging pharmacist participation in executions.

The policy discourages the participation of pharmacists because these activities are “fundamentally contrary to the role of pharmacists as providers of health care,” according to the policy. Thomas E. Menighan, BSPharm, MBA, ScD, FAPhA, the APhA Executive Vice President and CEO, added that executions conflict with the profession’s role on the patient healthcare team.

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The new policy statement combines two policies adopted by the APhA House of Delegates in 2004 and 1985, respectively:

  • APhA opposes the use of the term “drug” for chemicals when used in lethal injections.
  • APhA opposes laws and regulations which mandate or prohibit the participation of pharmacists in the process of execution by lethal injection.

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