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November 16, 2018

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State judge lets 3rd drug firm enter Nevada execution case

A third pharmaceutical company won a bid to join two other firms in Nevada state court hearings about the use of their drugs in a twice-postponed lethal injection of a convicted killer who says he wants to die.

A judge in Las Vegas on Tuesday let Sandoz Inc. join drugmakers Alvogen and Hikma Phamaceuticals USA in a lower-court case that's on a parallel track with Nevada Supreme Court proceedings on the stalled execution of Scott Dozier.

Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez set a Sept. 10 court date — while acknowledging that's two days ahead of high court hearings set Sept. 12.

Sandoz, Alvogen and Hikma accuse Nevada of improperly obtaining their products for a use the companies don't allow.

Dozier's execution was postponed in November and July.