Have There Been Criminal Charges Filed in Connection to the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak?
According to the Boston Globe, 14 people have been charged in connection to the New England Compounding Center (NECC) deadly fungal meningitis outbreak that swept the country in 2012 and 2013.
The outbreak killed dozens of people and injured hundreds of others. Those charged, including Barry Cadden, a founder and owner of NECC, and Glenn A. Chin, the supervising pharmacist who oversaw all aspects of production, face a litany of charges, including charges of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, introducing adulterated drugs into national commerce, criminal contempt and mail fraud, according to the Globe.
Additionally, the criminal indictment included allegations that the two company officials were responsible for the second-degree murder of 25 patients in seven states.
“Production and profit were prioritized over safety,” US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said in a press conference, according to the Globe, describing the NECC as having “filthy conditions.”
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Keep in mind, a federal bankruptcy court has called for at least $135 million to be distributed to people who have brought on personal injury or death claims against NECC. Victims and their family members filed about 3,500 claims, according to the Globe.
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