… and certainly not a human rights defender, despite the news reports and triumphant statement by Mr. Ulf Wiinberg.
The corporate mind of any business is about image, PR and money, as clearly demonstrated by Lundbeck‘s negligent attitude that lead to the killing of 18 patients and another 25 awaiting Lundbeck’s special treatment to date. No doubt other death warrants will be signed between now and the end of the year. With a long shelf life, doses of pentobarbital purchased legally are not about to run out anytime soon.
Lundbeck’s press release is self-explanatory: “Lundbeck adamantly opposes the distressing misuse of our product in capital punishment,” Chief Executive Ulf Wiinberg said in the statement. He added that the new system won’t guarantee that the drug won’t wind up in the hands of prison systems but that the company is confident that it “will play a substantial role in restricting prisons’ access to Nembutal,” WSJ reports.
WOW!! All this time, and 18 killings later, for a solution that will merely “restrict” prisons’ access to the drug? Evidently there are potential cracks along this control line of distribution. What is Lundbeck waiting for to implement a totally safe and guaranteed ban on the distribution to non-medical users? And why did it take more than 6 months to implement a control system that is already in place for other Lundbeck’s products? It is not like they had to reinvent the wheel!? There is no logical explanation as to why Lundbeck allowed more legal purchases by US Departments of Corrections while reviewing its “broad” checklist, other than Lundbeck does not care for human lives, but that we already knew.
On Tuesday July 5th, 2011 in Strasbourg, a seminar and press conference will be hosted by Sarah Ludford, Liberal Democrat European justice and human rights spokeswoman, to examine how EU drugs, manufactured either in or outside the EU zone, can be stopped. She states: “But this is being seriously undermined by the use of EU drugs as part of the process of executions in the United States. This complicity in killing people through capital punishment must end.”