- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia’s attorney general says he doesn’t believe a proposal to allow the state to obtain lethal injection drugs from anonymous compounding pharmacies would violate federal law.

Republican Del. Jackson Miller had asked Attorney General Mark Herring for an opinion before lawmakers reconvene Wednesday to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposal.

In his opinion released late Tuesday, Herring rejected the argument that federal law allows pharmacies to compound drugs only with a valid prescription.

Herring said it’s “settled law” that lethal injection drugs don’t constitute a practice of medicine, “rendering a prescription unnecessary and unavailable.” He added that no court has ever invalidated a state’s lethal injection protocol on those grounds.

McAuliffe’s proposal replaces a measure that sought to allow the state to execute inmates in the electric chair if drugs aren’t available.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide