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Hospital stops supplying chemicals for executions

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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A hospital has decided to end its practice of supplying the state prison system with the chemicals used in executions, following a request from an anti-death penalty group.

The Corrections Department will find another supplier of the drugs, and the hospital's decision shouldn't delay the execution of Jerald Wayne Harjo, who is scheduled to die July 17, said department spokesman Jerry Massie.

The agency will likely turn to its internal pharmacies to supply the drugs, Massie said.

The department bought the drugs — a mix of sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride — from McAlester Regional Health Center for use in the death chamber at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

The hospital reconsidered its policy after being contacted by Human Rights Watch, an organization which opposes the death penalty.