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Texas won't switch execution drug
By MICHAEL GRACZYK
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The nation's most active death penalty state says it will continue to keep its same execution drug but won't say how it will replace its supply that expires this month.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said in a statement to The Associated Press it does not have any immediate plans to switch from pentobarbital. However, he won't elaborate on how the state will obtain the drug. Its manufacturers have refused to sell it to state prison agencies for death penalty use.
Eleven Texas inmates have been executed this year. At least six more are on the prison system's schedule for 2013, including one set for Thursday evening and another next week.
Some states have considered switching to another drug. Others, most recently Georgia, are using compounding pharmacies, which custom make drugs are not subjected to federal scrutiny.