June 8, 2011
The Honorable Rick Scott, State of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL, 32399-0001
Dear Mr. Scott,
I am writing to follow up on my recent letter about your state's use of Nembutal® (pentobarbital sodium injection, USP) for the purpose of lethal injection in your state.
The use of pentobarbital outside the approved labeling has not been established. As such, Lundbeck cannot assure the associated safety and efficacy profiles in such instances. For this reason, we are concerned about its use in prison executions.
We ask that you stop using pentobarbital in the execution of prisoners in your state because it contradicts everything we are in business to do — provide therapies that improve people's lives.
Thank you for your serious consideration of this matter.
Staffan Schüberg, President, Lundbeck, Inc.