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Propofol is the nation’s most popular anesthetic. The planned use of the common anesthetic in a Missouri execution scheduled for Oct. 23 is raising concerns that the anti-death penalty European Union could limit its export, endangering the supply of the vital drug to thousands of hospitals and clinics across the U.S.

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Use of anesthetic for execution might cut supply

The planned use of a common anesthetic in a Missouri execution is raising concerns that the anti-death penalty European Union could limit export of the drug, endangering the supply of a vital medication used every day in thousands of American hospitals and clinics.

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