Ohio Senate continues debate on bill to shield source of state's lethal injection drugs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Senate is still considering a bill that would shield the names of companies providing lethal injection drugs to the state for at least two decades.

The measure requires a drugmaker to specifically ask for anonymity, rather than receive it automatically, under an agreement that would allow release of the company's name 20 years after it last provides drugs to the state.

The anonymity is aimed at so-called compounding pharmacies that mix doses of specialty drugs.

The bill also would prevent drugmakers from prohibiting through contracts the use of their drugs for capital punishment.

Several opponents testified Thursday in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee that the public has the right to know the drugs' source.

More hearings are planned next week.

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