A pharmacy in Oklahoma, The Apothecary Shoppe, has decided not to provide the state of Missouri drugs used to carry out its lethal injection program. According to court documents filed Monday, The Apothecary Shoppe, will not prepare or provide the drug Pentobarbital or any other drug to carry out the death penalty on inmate Michael Anthony Taylor.
Taylor pleaded guilty to abducting, raping and stabbing to death a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989.
Taylor alleged, in his lawsuit, that the state of Missouri turned to The Apothecary Shoppe to supply compounded pentobarbital because the only licensed manufacturer of the drug refuses to provide it for lethal injections. That company, Illinois-based Akorn, Inc. agreed to that condition when it bought the exclusive rights to the drug in January 2012 from a Danish company that had produced it under the trade name Nembutal.
The lawsuit cites other death row inmates experiences with the Pentobarbital provided by The Apothecary Shoppe.