Before Wednesday's execution, the three drugs used for court-ordered executions in Texas were: thiopental sodium, to sedate the prisoner; pancuronium bromide to paralyse them; and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Several states introduced the use of pentobarbital in the face of shortages of thiopental sodium, which was pulled off the market in 2010. The European Union banned European manufacturers from exporting that drug to the US to prevent it being used in executions. Pentobarbital is also covered by the EU ban. In Texas, the state chose to switch drugs after its supply of pancuronium bromide expired.
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