Pharmacist involved in 2012 meningitis outbreak sentenced to 8 years in prison

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A Massachusetts pharmacist was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for racketeering and fraud charges related to his role in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people, reports CNBC.

Glenn Chin served as the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. As supervisory pharmacist, Mr. Chin oversaw the dispensation of contaminated drugs made in unsanitary conditions at the compounding center. The drugs included moldy steroids, which sickened at least 793 people with fungal meningitis in 20 states and caused 76 deaths.

Barry Cadden, former pharmacist and owner of NECC, was sentenced to nine years in prison in June 2017 for his involvement in the outbreak. Mr. Chin's lawyers argued he was just following Mr. Cadden's orders and "had no reason to believe that the steroids were contaminated before they were shipped," according to CNBC.

Both Mr. Cadden and Mr. Chin were cleared of second-degree murder charges related to the meningitis deaths.

 

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