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April 4, 2014

Prosecutor wants drug source secret

OKLAHOMA CITY — With two executions pending this month, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Thursday his office is willing to provide details about the drugs being used in lethal injections, including dosage protocols and independent test results, but will not name the supplier.

Pruitt said the names of the compounding pharmacies now being used must be kept confidential so Oklahoma can obtain the drugs needed to execute inmates.

“Confidentiality matters,” Pruitt said.

Oklahoma has secured the drugs it needs to execute two men this month — Clayton Lockett on April 22 and Charles Warner on April 29. But the two inmates sued the state in February to learn more about the drugs that would be used to kill them.

Attorneys for Lockett and Warner said they have serious concerns about the use of secret compounding pharmacies to make the drugs.

Pruitt said he is investigating an email that his office perceived as a threat to a compounding pharmacy. The email, presumably sent to The Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa included a passage that read “it only takes one fanatic with a truckload of fertilizer to make a real dent in business as usual.” Pruitt suggested the email was an attempt to intimidate the pharmacy.

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