Should the Nevada department of corrections be forced to give back drugs it bought to perform an execution? That’s the big question being raised in a lawsuit brought on by three drug makers.
The Nevada Department of Corrections kept many details about a planned execution private, but the 8 News NOW I-Team continues to learn more each day at a civil trial.
Three drug companies: Alvogen, Sandoz and Hikma do not want their drugs used during the lethal injection for Scott Dozier.
The DOC purchased the drugs through a third party seller, so it’s refusing to give the drugs back.
On Wednesday, the pharmacist for the Department of Correction took the stand.
She said she personally drove the drugs from the prison pharmacy in Las Vegas to Ely State Prison, which seemed to be a big focus for lawyers for the drug companies in court on Wednesday.
The I-Team is waiting to hear back from the drug enforcement agency or DEA to find out the rules when it comes to transporting execution drugs.
The pharmacist also said she knew the information about the drugs would end up in the press and that there would be pushback because drug companies do not want to be affiliated with the death penalty and execution because they say the drugs weren’t meant for that.
According to the director of the DOC, who was on the stand Tuesday, drug companies know they could face a boycott and protests. He too believes this lawsuit is all about money.
By law, since Dozier says he’s ready to die, the director is tasked with fulfilling that sentence. Because of this court battle, the execution is put on hold.
On Tuesday, Nevada’s Chief Medical Officer, who also played a part in the planning for the execution, testified. That is when it was discovered that Ihsan Azzam was not licensed to practice medicine in the United States.
Court will resume Thursday.