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Pharmaceutical firm wants lethal injection drugs returned

AP Legal Affairs Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A drugmaker has asked states to return supplies of the company's drugs that could be used for lethal injection.

Lake Forest, Illinois-based Akorn sent the letter in March to attorney general's offices in states including Alabama, Florida, Ohio, Oregon and Texas.

Akorn says it strongly objects to the use of its products in capital punishment and demands the return of the drugs in question, midazolam (mih-DAY'-zoh-lam), a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller.

Several states that confirmed receiving the letter to The Associated Press said they did not respond.

That includes Ohio, where most of the state's supplies of those drugs have expired or are about to.

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