Lethal injection drug maker wants it back

A pharmaceutical company is asking for the return a drug that Nebraska officials plan to use to execute death row inmates.

In late October, the Nebraska Department of Corrections obtained a new supply of sodium thiopental, one of three drugs needed to carry out executions by lethal injection, from Swiss company Naari AG. 

Naari CEO Prithi Kochhar has sent letters to Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning asking to have the drug returned. Kochhar said his company is deeply opposed to the drug's use in executions. Kochhar says the company gave a middleman in India free samples to use as an anesthetic in Zambia. Instead, he sold the samples for $5,411 to Nebraska.