Report: Ohio conducted executions after drugmakers' warnings

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A report says Ohio went ahead with executions in recent years even after drugmakers threatened to cut off supplies if medications were used for lethal injection.

Copies of letters obtained by The Columbus Dispatch show drugmakers warned Ohio officials going back to at least 2015.

The paper reported Wednesday that London-based Hikma Pharmaceuticals told the then-prisons director in 2016 it might cut off supplies. The paper says Ohio went ahead and bought one of its drugs, the sedative midazolam (mih-DAY'-zoh-lam), for use in its three-drug protocol.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, who took office in January, has said he's concerned drugmakers would cut Ohio's supplies of pharmaceuticals used for a multitude of medical purposes if Ohio ignores manufacturers' warnings against using drugs for executions.

Ohio says it plans to carry out at least three executions next year with a new three-drug combination.

Thomas Madden with the Ohio attorney general's office says the state will use the drugs midazolam, bromide and potassium chloride.

Madden told Columbus federal Judge Edmund Sargus on Monday that a new execution policy will be announced at the end of the week. The Associated Press was the only media outlet present at the court hearing.

The announcement puts the state on track to execute death row inmate Ronald Phillips on Jan. 12 for the rape and murder of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993.

Madden said the drugs are not compounded and are FDA approved.

Attorneys representing death row inmates say they'll file a new challenge almost immediately.

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