Texas prisons hold 'em during drug shortage

It's not just pharmacists who have to scramble to compensate for drug shortages. Prison authorities do, too, and they're not always as understanding as the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

California officials, unhappy after being turned down by Texas for a loan of sodium thiopental needed for inmate executions, shared their displeasure internally in emails recently made public.

Texas "may need help in some other way and this position does not help their image," writes one California penal authority to the state's corrections undersecretary. "Nevertheless, in the prison business things are always changing and Texas is no exception."

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