In Switzerland, there is nothing that mandates the way in which Nembutal is taken, as either a drink or intravenously. Although this choice is left to the person concerned, Pegasos has a strong preference for the latter form of administration. Intavenous administration provides for a very fast, gentle death, normally within a few minutes.
However, if you choose to drink the Nembutal, you will need to take anti-emetic (anti-vomiting) medication first. This will be provided by Pegasos.
What to expect at the VAD
For all deaths, a camera is used for recording purposes. The filming is shut-off once the person has initiated the process so the actual death is not filmed. Immediately before your VAD, you will be asked:
• your name and date of birth; • the reason why you have come to Pegasos (eg. ‘to die’); and • what you understand will happen when you drink the drink/ open the valve (the drug will flow and you will die).
By recording these preliminary steps, Pegasos safeguards the team against any accusation of coercion. Pegasos can then prove to the authorities that the death was voluntary and has