Essay on Compound Pharmacies Manufacturing Lethal Injections

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An ethical issue is an issue in which there is no clear right or wrong decision, these types of decisions are constantly faced in professional workplace. Here one must weight both the benefits and the consequences of taking the action. These could range from breaking confidentiality to the morality of the death penalty. In September of 2012, a New England compound pharmacy was linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak. It was here where methylprednisolone acetate injections (used to treat arthritis and joint pain) were manufactured and tainted. This injection was distributed throughout the country, given to many people, who then became ill. After this compound pharmacy was raided, it was found to have used unsanitary equipment and it failed…show more content…
An ethical issue is an issue in which there is no clear right or wrong decision, these types of decisions are constantly faced in professional workplace. Here one must weight both the benefits and the consequences of taking the action. These could range from breaking confidentiality to the morality of the death penalty. In September of 2012, a New England compound pharmacy was linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak. It was here where methylprednisolone acetate injections (used to treat arthritis and joint pain) were manufactured and tainted. This injection was distributed throughout the country, given to many people, who then became ill. After this compound pharmacy was raided, it was found to have used unsanitary equipment and it failed to properly test these drugs before being released. To many people this was a shock, especially after finding out that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not regulate compound pharmacies. Many states have had shortages in the drugs necessary for lethal injection. Recently, the State of Missouri has allowed for the state to use compound pharmacies for manufacturing the drug pentobarbital, used for lethal injection. This decision however, has not been met without controversy, including from the state’s governor, Jay Nixon. Governor Nixon pushed for a pending execution using drugs from a compound pharmacy to be halted. One would have to wonder given the result of the compound pharmacy in New England, what unintended results could
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