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Pancuronium (Molecule of the Month for July 2007)

Pavulon, Lethal injection, Euthanasia

Pancuronium is used with general anaesthesia in surgery for muscle relaxation and as an aid to intubation or ventilation. It does not have sedative or analgesic effects.

In Belgium and the Netherlands, Pancuronium is recommended in the protocol for euthanasia. After administering sodium thiopental to induce coma, Pancuronium is delivered in order to stop breathing. Pancuronium is also used with sodium thiopental as a lethal injection used in capital punishment in some parts of the USA.

Pavulon was the compound usedby the mass murderer "Angel of Death" Efren Saldivar's killing spree

Formal Chemical Name (IUPAC)
1,1'-((2S,3S,10S,13S,16R,17R)-3,17-diacetoxy-10,13-dimethylhexadecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthrene-2,16-diyl)bis(1-methylpiperidinium) bromide



Picture of Pancuronium

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Picture of Pancuronium

C35 H6 0Br2 N2 O4

Update by Karl Harrison
(Molecule of the Month for July 2007 )