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Nevada High Court Sets Execution Drug Hearing

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court is scheduling fast-track oral arguments about the stalled execution of a death-row inmate whose lethal injection is being challenged by pharmaceutical companies that don't want their drugs used.

Three justices on Thursday also granted drug company Sandoz Inc. entry to the case as a "friend of the court" participant at the Sept. 12 hearing.

The court panel lifted a temporary hold on legal proceedings in state court in Las Vegas about the twice-postponed execution of Scott Raymond Dozier.

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But it was not immediately clear if lower court hearings would be held before the Supreme Court hears from drug companies Alvogen, Hikma Pharmaceuticals and Sandoz.

The makers of a sedative, the powerful opioid fentanyl and a muscle paralytic drug accuse the state of improperly obtaining their products.