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Mo. returning execution drug year after demand

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Mo. returning execution drug year after demand

FILE - This April 12, 2005 file photo shows the death chamber at the Missouri Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Mo. The Missouri Department of Corrections said in a news release Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, that it is sending back a shipment of propofol to the distributor, 11 months after the company's urgent request for return of the anesthetic. The propofol supplied by Morris & Dickson of Shreveport, La., was made by Fresenius Kabi of Germany. Morris & Dickson sent a letter to the corrections department on Nov. 2, saying the sale was a mistake. Fresenius Kabi prohibits distribution to prisons because the anti-death penalty European Union could limit export of any drug used in an execution, potentially creating a shortage of the anesthetic. Missouri plans to become the first state to use propofol in an execution on Oct. 23. The department said that it has remaining inventory. (AP Photo/James A. Finley, File)

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