It’s Pharmalittle, and it’s Friday! Meghana from the Readout filling in today, but fear not — Ed Silverman will be back at you Monday with more news about the pharma world. Here’s what we got:
Pfizer said it unknowingly sold execution drugs to the Arkansas Department of Corrections through the distributor McKesson, Bloomberg writes. The statement followed a report in the New Yorker saying Arkansas plans to execute seven people by the end of the month.
Arkansas has an electric chair ready and waiting for death sentences handed down before 1983, with such prisoners given the choice between the needle and Old Sparky. Oklahoma had the foresight to legalize electrocution in case lethal injection was ruled unconstitutional. If they had the chair as a backup in Arkansas then these guys could ride the lightning, no muss, no fuss.
Percy, don’t forget to wet the sponge.
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