Pharmaceutical Giant Pfizer Blocks Sale of Its Drugs for Lethal Injection

Pfizer is the last FDA-approved maker of drugs used in capital punishment.

In a statement, Pfizer said its mission is to "apply science and our global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life" and that it "strongly objects" to the use of its products for capital punishment.

In the pharmaceutical industry, “there has always been an opposition to the use of medicines in lethal injections,” Foa told ABC News today.

"They want their medicines to be life-saving,” she added.

"The reason that we’re seeing so much movement in so many companies in recent years is because states can’t get them," Foa said.

The company described the seven drugs as "medically necessary" and said they are administered thousands of times a day by licensed medical professionals.

"Pfizer offers these products because they save or improve lives, and markets them solely for use as indicated in the product labeling," it said.

Pfizer said it will consistently monitor the distribution of the drugs and modify policies when necessary upon findings that reveal noncompliance.