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Pharmacist acquitted of murder in deadly meningitis outbreak

24 March 2017

He faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the charges of mail fraud and racketeering.

Cadden, the co-founder and former head pharmacist at a pharmacy in MA, was found not guilty of causing the deaths of 25 patients.

A federal jury in Boston acquitted Barry Cadden, the owner and head pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center (NECC), of second-degree murder charges but convicted him of racketeering, mail fraud, and other crimes in connection with the sale of a contaminated pain medication that caused a deadly US outbreak of fungal meningitis in 2012.

Bruce Singal, an attorney for Cadden, said there is no indication the jury's vote tallies were a final vote, noting the verdicts were announced in the courtroom and all the jurors said they agreed.

After a nine-week trial, the federal jury convicted Cadden, 50, of Wrentham, of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and introduction of misbranded drugs into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead.

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This case, Lipton said, is proof that federal agencies like the Federal Drug Administration need more funding to enforce health and safety laws. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for June 21. Cadden is out on bail while awaiting sentencing.

We look at the verdict, hear from one of the victims of the contaminated medication, and examine whether gaps that allowed the outbreak to occur have been closed.

Cadden was chief pharmacist as well as an owner of the now-defunct drug compounding business, whose contaminated steroids were injected into people's spines.

"Barry Cadden put profits over patients", Weinreb said, The New York Times reported. Further, certain batches of drugs were manufactured, in part, by an unlicensed pharmacy technician, officials said. Former member of a special MA commission to investigate compounding pharmacies following the 2012 outbreak.

Pharmacist acquitted of murder in deadly meningitis outbreak