Harry Mitts Jr.was executed Wednesday with Ohio's last use of its execution drug, pentobarbita.
Supplies have dwindled because Danish drugmaker Lundbeck strongly objects to the use of its epilepsy drug for lethal injections.
Lundbeck imposed strict controls on its distribution in an attempt to keep the drug out of prisons that perform executions. Customers have to confirm in writing that they will not use the drug for executions.
U.S. states that allow execution often have difficulty in obtaining the right drugs for their lethal injection. Basically, no pharmaceutical company wants their products used for capital punishment. Read more