Texas Pays More For Execution Drugs

The amount Texas taxpayers are spending on execution drugs has more than quadrupled.


HOUSTON (August 15, 2014) The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is paying four times more for execution drugs from a new supplier, according to documents that The Associated Press obtained.

The records show the state paid $13,500 for its most recent batch of pentobarbital at a cost of $1,500 per vial, compared to $350 per dose paid last year to a previous supplier that cut ties after backlash from death penalty opponents.

Texas officials declined to comment on details of the purchase, but the spike does not appear extraordinary.

A survey of pharmacies in the Houston area shows Nembutal, the brand name for pentobarbital, selling for about $1,500.

The price is a bargain compared to what Missouri, which also uses pentobarbital for executions, is paying.

Records earlier this year showed state officials there paid as much as $8,000 per dose.

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