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Judge Orders Oklahoma Pharmacy to Not Sell Execution Drug to Missouri

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Late Wednesday evening, a federal judge ordered an Oklahoma pharmacy to NOT sell an execution drug to the state of Missouri.

The drug the state hopes to use in an upcoming execution, compounded Pentobarbital,  is made by the Apothecary Shoppe – a compounding pharmacy in Tulsa.

The judge says the pharmacy cannot sell the drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections… at least until after a hearing next Tuesday.

His decision comes after death row inmate Michael Taylor sued the pharmacy, saying the drug would likely put him through severe pain.

Compounding pharmacies are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and their products have a high risk of being substandard.

The Apothecary Shoppe did not return a request for comment.

Taylor is sentenced to die for the 1989 rape and stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl.His execution is scheduled for February 26th. 

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio