Pharmacy Owner Acquitted Of Murder In Meningitis Outbreak That Caused 64 Deaths

Posted March 24, 2017

Following about 20 hours of deliberation by the jury, Cadden was found guilty of racketeering, conspiracy and mail fraud but not guilty of the second degree murder and conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

Barry Cadden, owner and head pharmacist of New England Compounding Center, was convicted Wednesday of racketeering and mail fraud in connection with the 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak attributed to 64 deaths.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Cadden authorized the shipping of drugs that weren't confirmed to be sterile and used expired ingredients.

A majority of the 12 jurors found him responsible for 23 of the 25 deaths. Food and Drug Administration. His sentencing on the other convictions is scheduled for June.

Cadden sat unmoving in federal court yesterday as the clerk read the jury's findings, and was allowed to remain free until he is formally sentenced.

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"We are very gratified by the verdicts today".

Acting United States Attorney for Massachusetts William D. Weinreb said that Barry Cadden was still held accountable for the serious crimes.

More than 700 people in 20 states were diagnosed with fungal meningitis and other infections after receiving contaminated medication in 2012.

Hundreds of people around the country were sickened when their doctors injected them with steroids produced by Cadden's compounding pharmacy. The defense argued Mr. Cadden was not directly responsible for the contamination of the drugs, according to the Globe.

After the verdict, he said: "We don't know what the jury was thinking other than what they said, but to us, the murder counts were the ones that were most important, and those were the ones we were most concerned about". Further, certain batches of drugs were manufactured, in part, by an unlicensed pharmacy technician, officials said. Mr. Chin was a supervising pharmacist at NECC involved in compounding the contaminated MPA that led to the outbreak.