What to Consider if Compounding for Prison Executions
There are several business issues to consider when approached to compound a medication used for executions that are separate from the ethical and legal ones.
First, make sure your professional liability insurance provides coverage for such an action. Second, consider the potential security implications to your practice, your employees and your families. Given that the death penalty is a controversial and very high-profile issue, having your pharmacy known as the source of the lethal medicine may bring unwanted attention -- from the media, picketing by death penalty opponents, threats, etc.
IACP Members: Please be aware that the media continues to explore the use of compounded drugs for prison executions. Most recent stories include:
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IACP Does not Take a Stance on the Death Penalty
Please Note: IACP does not take a stance on the use and/or purpose of any medication. That is the responsibility best managed by the individual pharmacist. We support the profession-wide acknowledgement of the rights of the individual pharmacist to engage in informed decision-making based up the professional judgement of the pharmacist, and the prescribing physician.
Please email IACP should you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you receive calls from the media, IACP encourages you to direct these press inquiries directly to your Academy's PR Firm, David Ball, Ball Consulting Group This media assistance is part of your benefits as an IACP member.
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