Death Row, Where Is Thy Sting? Lethal Injection Drug in Short Supply

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Although Rosenberg said the company has consulted with departments of correction across the country, not one of them reached by ABC News would comment on Hospira's stance.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists similarly declined to comment on the use of Pentothal as an ingredient in lethal injections.

Still, there is one state where it remains an unequivocally unhappy place to be a death row inmate: Texas. Two people are scheduled to be executed by year's end, and the state apparently has plenty of Pentothal.

"We have the drug in reserve," said Michelle Lyons, of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, "and therefore have enough for the executions currently scheduled."

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