Civil rights group calls for GA execution doc to lose license - CBS46 News

Civil rights group calls for GA execution doc to lose license

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A civil rights organization is calling for a Metro Atlanta doctor to lose his medical license for allegedly illegally importing a key drug used in executions. 

The Southern Center for Human Rights filed a complaint with the Georgia Composite Medical Board Monday.  It alleges Dr. Carlo Musso imported sodium thiopental into the United States and sold it without necessary state and federal licenses.

"It's flatly illegal," said Jessica Oates, staff attorney for the center. She said records obtained from the states of Tennessee and Kentucky show Dr. Musso's companies sold sodium thiopental to department of corrections in both states.

Dr. Musso is owner and operator of Rainbow Medical Associates and CorrectHealth in Stockbridge.

In March, The Drug Enforcement Agency seized stockpiles of the drugs from Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia amid questions about how the supplies were obtained. A DEA spokesman told CBS Atlanta News Monday that the investigation has been turned over to the Department of Justice.

Oates said the center does not have information about whether Georgia Department of Corrections also purchased its supply of sodium thiopental from one of Musso's companies.

Sodium thiopental has been in short supply since January when Hospira, the only U.S. manufacturer of the drug, announced it would stop producing it.

Musso did not return calls made by CBS Atlanta.

Records provided by the center show the Kentucky State Penitentiary purchased 18 grams of sodium thiopental in February and the Tennessee Department of Corrections bought a supply for $1551 in October. 

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