Arkansas to consider other execution drugs, official says

Posted: June 17, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.

An official with the state Department of Correction said Monday that Arkansas plans to consider using different drugs in lethal injections after the state lost its account with a pharmaceutical company that supplied it with drugs earlier this year.

State Department of Correction spokesman Shea Wilson said the agency no longer has a supplier for the drugs listed in its current lethal injection protocol, so it plans to look at other drugs and to rewrite its protocol.

Arkansas initially planned to use an anti-seizure drug called phenobarbital in executions, even though that chemical has never been used in a lethal injection in the United States, The Associated Press reported in April.

Arkansas has no pending executions. The state last executed a prisoner in 2005.