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  •  Re use of FDA approved drugs in the death penalty (0+ / 0-)

    The issue is that each drug approved by the FDA is approved at 1) a specific amount, 2) a specific method of administering, 3) for a specific medical condition and, 4) a specific population (e.g. drug A is approved for adults and children, but drug B is only approved for adults, drug C is approved for patients that have disease X and no evidence of kidney disease). The safety and effectiveness have been tested in clinical trials for a specific medical condition.

    All of that information is listed or summarized on the approved drug label, which is not simply the label on the bottle, but is that wad of paper with teensy tiny print. The approved drug label lists additional information used by doctors when they decide whether to prescribe the drug.

    The drug label is itself a tightly regulated document. Companies are not free to put any additional information on the label, and are not permitted to make any claims to medical value that has not passed the FDA review and approval.

    Because medicine is not an exact science, physicians are allowed to use their best judgment and use some drugs "off label" as long as they can justify it on medical grounds.

    So, the current practice of using drugs to kill people has some serious problems.

    a) Death is not a medical condition. FDA does not have the legal authority to approve any drug for use in killing people.

    b) There have been no clinical trials that establish what safety and efficacy would mean to establish a "humane killing" method. Such experiments are unethical.

    c) "Off label" use of approved drugs requires a medical justification. Killing someone humanely is not yet defined as a medical justification.

    d) Off label use of prescription drugs requires a medical doctor's approval. Any other use by other than a medical doctor is illegal practice of medicine without a license.

    e) Drug manufacturer's are not allowed to sell drugs to distributors or entities that use the drugs in an illegal manner.

    The issue is more nuanced. It's not simply that drug manufacturers don't want their brand sullied.

    IMO the medical community really should stand up against lethal injections, and refuse to participate in executions.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:01:28 AM PDT

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