An Oklahoma compounding pharmacy has supplied Missouri with the drug it's used three times to execute inmates, despite the fact that the pharmacy isn't licensed here.
Now the Apothecary Shoppe is attempting to become licensed in Missouri.
According to records obtained by St. Louis Public Radio, the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy received a letter from the Apothecary Shoppe on Jan. 13, when the pharmacy said it was planning on registering in both Missouri and Texas.
Last summer, the Apothecary Shoppe offered to supply the execution drug to Louisiana as well. The pharmacy is not licensed there as well.
Compounding pharmacies are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, like drug manufacturers are. Instead, that responsibility is left to individual state boards of pharmacy. The drugs made by compounding pharmacies also have a significantly higher failure rate than those of manufactured drugs.
The pharmacy supplying Missouri with its execution drug has been criticized for several reasons: 1) for supplying to a state where it isn't licensed; 2) for making a drug that is essentially a copy of a manufactured drug (not allowed for compounding pharmacies); and 3) for relying on a controversial testing laboratory to verify the drug's effectiveness.