Stuttgart - The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) has not yet approved an application for the purchase of an anesthetic for suicide. As reported by the Stuttgarter Zeitung and Stuttgarter Nachrichten today, total of 115 seriously ill people submitted applications; 61 had been rejected, the rest had not yet been decided.
The background to the applications is judgment of the Federal Administrative Court from March 2017. According to this, the state may not deny access to an anesthetic in an "extreme individual case" that enables the patient to commit suicide in dignified and painless manner.
On the other hand, one drawn up by the former constitutional judge Udo di Fabio came at the beginning of the year concluded that the administrative court judgment was constitutionally untenable. The Federal Ministry of Health recently instructed the Federal Institute not to implement the judgment of the Federal Administrative Court.