HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Now is a pivotal point in history to abolish state execution

This is a pivotal point in history for countries to consider evidence that demonstrates the barbarity of lethal injection and abolish state execution, states an editorial in this week's issue of The Lancet.

Last year The Lancet published a paper, which found that despite a theoretically lethal dose of the barbiturate thiopental, given before the injection of pancuronium to paralyse breathing muscles and potassium chloride to stop the heart, 21 of 49 executed US inmates had postmortem thiopental concentrations consistent with consciousness (See Lancet 2005; 365: 141214). Now, a Californian judge--Judge Jeremy Fogel--has ruled that the state must either rely solely on thiopental, or else have a qualified individual confirm unconsciousness before the injection of pancuronium and potassium chloride, in order to avoid excessive pain. As a result, Californian officials have had to postpone the execution of a convicted murderer by lethal injection after they were unable to find medical personnel willing to participate. Involvement in executions contradicts the principles of many professional organisations in the US, including the American Medical Association.

The Lancet comments: "This is a pivotal point in history. A moment when individuals, like Judge Fogel, and the anaesthetists who refused to participate, have given voice to their conscience. They have articulated the concerns of an increasing number of Americans, whose support for capital punishment has dropped from 80% to 64% in the past decade. It is a voice to be heeded. As Judge Fogel noted, the Eighth Amendment has been interpreted as prohibiting punishments that are 'incompatible with the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society'. In 2004, China, Iran, Vietnam, and the USA accounted for 97% of the world's executions. From which of these countries will a mature society take the lead, and abolish the atrocity of state execution?"


'"/>

Contact: Joe Santangelo
j.santangelo@elsevier.com
212-633-3810
Lancet
2-Mar-2006


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Asthmatx completes enrollment in pivotal study of bronchial thermoplasty
2. Approval to start US BTT pivotal trial
3. Bayer and Onyx announce pivotal Nexavar kidney cancer study published in NEJM
4. New data show CAS in clinical practice has comparable MAE rate with pivotal sapphire trial
5. Orqis Medical receives unconditional FDA approval for pivotal trial of percutaneous CHF therapy
6. Metabolic syndrome points to heart health
7. Gene variations point to why lung cancer drugs work better in Japanese vs. US patients
8. Mouse model points to possible new strategy for treating rare muscle disease, kidney disorders
9. System to pinpoint airline passengers who contaminate cabins
10. Novel anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent shows effectiveness on key endpoints in trial
11. Jefferson scientists find that drug-eluting stents are disappointing in bypass grafts -- sometimes

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/1/2020)... ... September 01, 2020 , ... KitoTech ... million convertible note financing, which will be used to accelerate the commercialization of ... this financing, the company will continue to expand its customer base of healthcare ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Cardiothoracic ... joining biomedical engineers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to develop a new heart ... have undergone open heart surgery. , The AGH/CMU team was recently awarded a ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Want to get moving, break up your ... Foundation (CPARF) is thrilled to launch its fourth annual STEPtember campaign in the United ... STEPtember meets everyone wherever they are at this moment — encouraging people to move ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... ... and topsy-turvy economic outlook continues to put financial strain on many of us, so it ... from our monthly expenses and put more into savings, if possible. , “That’s a great ... safety net in place in case something were to happen to you,” says Lee Duncan, ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... , ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... to improve outcomes for patients with advanced heart failure, today announced that the ... in the amount of $555,358 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/26/2020)... ... 26, 2020 , ... Unscrupulous sellers across the country are ... purification technologies, including GreenTech Environmental’s proprietary methods, have been used successfully to curb ... has published results of singular and scientific testing against the coronavirus. , As ...
(Date:8/26/2020)... ... ... As the U.S. struggles in its 6th month of fighting Covid-19, Americans ... mask, keep your distance, wash your hands. Prevention is the best tool for now. ... “How much better it is to prevent disease than to cure it.” , Part ...
(Date:8/26/2020)... ... ... Hero Life Sciences announced today that it will be setting up ... masks and N95 respirators in its manufacturing plant located in the City of Corona, ... facing in trying to find quality disposable face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: