By Rina Palta
The California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation has revealed some information on the source of its recently acquired supplies of sodium thiopental, a lethal injection drug that’s been scarce nationwide.
Terry Thornton, deputy press secretary for the agency, says that California obtained 12 grams of the drug on September 30 from Arizona, which in turn, purchased the drug from a company in England. Arizona shared the drugs with California free of charge.
An additional 521 grams of the drug was ordered from Archimedes Pharma, a British company, and was expected to arrive last week. That supply cost the state $36,415 (with shipping and handling). Thornton says the shipment has cleared the Drug Enforcement Agency and customs and only awaits clearance from the Federal Drug Administration.