FDA agrees to hear from Texas, Arizona on seized drugs

FDA agrees to hear from Texas, Arizona on seized drugs

HOUSTON (AP) – The federal government has agreed to hear arguments from Texas and Arizona prison officials after agents seized drugs that both states were trying to import for use in executions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it would evaluate the states’ responses and notify the prison systems once the evaluation is complete.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Monday that the state was appealing the FDA’s impounding of a shipment of sodium thiopental.

The state hasn’t used the sedative in recent years as part of its lethal injections. But Clarks says the state wants to “explore all options.”

Arizona officials say they also plan to appeal.

Death-penalty states have been struggling to acquire execution drugs after traditional manufacturers refused to provide their drugs for executions.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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