File-This April 6, 2016, file photo shows the Pfizer logo appearing on a screen above its trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved drug makers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits.Hospira had previously prohibited the use of its drugs in capital punishment, as have several other drug makers.The development means the approximately 25 FDA-approved companies worldwide able to manufacture drugs used in executions have now blocked the use of the drugs, according to Reprieve, a New York-based human rights organization opposed to the death penalty.Pfizer's announcement was unlikely to have much effect on executions, which have slowed in recent years as drug makers' prohibition on the drugs took effect.The seven drugs affected by Pfizer's policy: pancuronium bromide, potassium chloride, propofol, midazolam, hydromorphone, rocuronium bromide and vecuronium bromide.
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