Ohio Announces Alternative Lethal Injection Drug

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio prison officials are keeping their primary lethal injection drug in place despite the state's supply expiring, but they've added a second drug option for executioners to address the shortage.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday that pentobarbital will remain Ohio's primary method of administering the death penalty. Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says a second, alternative intravenous drug has been added as an option because of difficulties in obtaining pentobarbital.

The agency's announcement Friday came just a few days after its last supplies of pentobarbital expired.

The drug's original manufacturer, Denmark-based Lundbeck Inc., said in 2011 that it was putting the drug off-limits for executions. It required that prohibition remain when it sold the product to Lake Forest, Ill.-based Akorn Inc.

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