Georgia doctor denies selling Ky. execution drug

AP News
Posted: Feb 22, 2011 4:26 PM
Georgia doctor denies selling Ky. execution drug

A Georgia physician is denying that his company sold Kentucky a supply of a key drug used in lethal injections.

Dr. Carlo Musso, who runs CorrectHealth in Stockbridge, Ga., told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his company didn't participate in the sale of sodium thiopental to Kentucky.

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin earlier told AP that 18 grams of sodium thiopental arrived last week. Shipping and purchase documents obtained from the state also show that Kentucky bought the drug from CorrectHealth.

The drug, one of three used in a lethal injection, has been in short supply since the sole U.S. maker, Hospira Inc. of Lake Forest, Ill., halted production.

Executions are currently on hold in Kentucky.