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Oklahoma to Continue Using Sedative in Executions (Jan 27, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say they'll continue using a sedative as part of the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol despite objections from the drug's manufacturer.

Denmark-based Lundbeck, Inc., produces the drug pentobarbital and has said it opposes use of the drug in lethal injections. It's sent a letter asking Oklahoma and Ohio not to use it to put inmates to death.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie says prison officials hadn't seen the letter Thursday but "don't anticipate" making any changes.

Oklahoma has used the drug in three executions. Officials in Ohio announced Tuesday that they would switch to pentobarbital as the sole drug used to put inmates to death.

Both states acted due to a national shortage of sodium thiopental, the drug previously administered.

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