Texas Pays More For Execution Drugs


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.