Danish drug banned in US executions
Lundbeck, the Danish drug manufacturer, is restricting the distribution of its Nembutal product to prevent it being used in executions.
Nembutal is the trade name for Lundbeck’s pentobarbital sodium injection and is an anaesthetic which is traditionally used to treat cases of severe epilepsy.
However, in some US states it is used as one of three components which make up an execution drug used on death row prisoners.
The pharmaceutical company has now made distributors in the US agree that they will not make the drug available to prisons in the country.
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This follows a similar move made by the UK in April, in which the exports of three drugs that are used together for executions, including pentobarbital, were banned to the US.
In a statement Lundbeck said Nembutal will now be “supplied exclusively through a specialty pharmacy drop ship program that will deny distribution of the product to prisons in US states currently active in carrying out the death penalty by lethal injection.”
“We cannot guarantee anything, but we are convinced that our new distribution programme will help to limit the abuse of Nembutal by prisons in their executions.”
It is thought the company is not comfortable with the drug being used for executions because it limits the supplies available to epilepsy patients.
Meanwhile, the Danish government has said it would like to limit and eventually eliminate the use of the death penalty worldwide.
Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know
Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly?
Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution.
What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room.
The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place. A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff.
All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”
Why: Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.”
“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”
Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.