A Health Professional's Involvement in Lethal Injection: Is It Ethical?
the MPR take:
The recent failed execution of Clayton Lockett in OK has also put a spotlight on professional medical organizations regarding allowing or banning members from participating in planned executions of inmates. The American Board of Anesthesiologists recently decreed that any member who participates in capital punishment will have their board certification revoked, while the American Pharmacists Association opposes restrictions on pharmacists participating in the preparation of lethal injection drugs. Others like the International Compounding Pharmacy Association have no formal policy and support the right of a practitioner to refuse to dispense a medication based on various beliefs. One of the driving forces behind this debate is that compounding pharmacies have become a source for lethal injection preparation due to drug discontinuation by manufacturer or drug shortages.
Specialty, compounding pharmacists have become essential in the administration of capital punishment by lethal injection. Organizations representing the practice of pharmacy stand alone from those of all other health professions when addressing the ethics of participating in execution by lethal injection.
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