“This whole issue, and the way our department has been besmirched and vilified, in the press especially, is really disturbing to me,” Lombardi told the House Government Oversight Committee. “Because this is not what this department is about, and I want every body to understand we are much more than this.”
The committee discussed the fact that the manufacturer of the drug comes from a compound pharmacy. These pharmacies remains anonymous because they do not want to associate themselves with the drug used in the death penalty.
The anonymity is an issue for the inmates. “The inmates did present affidavits by medical experts saying there are risks associated with drugs from a compounding pharmacy because it is unregulated,” said MU Law Professor Paul Litton.
Death penalty attorney Joseph Luby, who said he was concerned about the information that the prisoners are entitled to, was also concerned about the legality of the compound pharmacy.
"The more general problem is just that there are all kinds of shenanigans that have stemmed from the fact that the supplier, the laboratory, and the physician, are secret and the most charitable way I can describe those shenanigans is just to call them sleazy," said Luby.
This comes after legislation was introduced last month to provide a commission to review the procedures of the death penalty, including the question of weather or not to keep private the name of the manufacturer that produces the lethal injection drug, pentobarbital.