Pharmacy head to be sentenced in deadly meningitis outbreak

The co-founder of a MA compounding pharmacy is set to be sentenced on Monday in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak.

In March 2017, Cadden was convicted by a federal jury of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and introduction of misbranded drugs into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead.

"I'm sorry for your extraordinary losses", Cadden, wiping his eyes, said in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Cadden apologized to the victims who were sickened or lost loved ones in court Monday.

Prosecutors say Barry Cadden authorized the shipment of drugs before their sterility was confirmed.

Singal also contends that prosecutors are misreading federal law, fail to properly understand the finances of NECC and of the Caddens, and are asking for an excessive financial punishment.

That includes 76 people who died, prosecutors said. The defense is recommending a 2½- to 3-year prison term. "As Cadden's sentence reflects, the Justice Department's Consumer Protection Branch is committed to prosecuting those who put the health of Americans at risk".

The situation unfolded as a slow-motion disaster, first with a few unusual meningitis cases that soon piled up - particularly in Michigan, Tennessee and Indiana.

At Cadden's sentencing Monday, victims told stories of shattered lives and unbearable loss caused by the tainted steroids made by Cadden's company.

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Barry Cadden, president of the New England Compounding Center, along with members of his legal team, arrive at the federal courthouse for sentencing Monday, June 26, 2017, in Boston.

NECC used expired ingredients and falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected, prosecutors said. Mr. Cadden had been convicted this spring on federal racketeering and fraud charges related to the outbreak, which experts have described as among the worst medicine-related public health crises in recent times.

The New England Compounding Center.

She said her husband, Lyn Laperriere, received the shot to try to get relief from his back pain.

"Who gave him the right to play God?" the MI woman said.

The co-founder of a MA compounding pharmacy is set to be sentenced in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people and sickened hundreds more.

Cadden was one of 14 people tied to Framingham, Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center (NECC) indicted in 2014 following the outbreak. The jurors seemed to write that majority had wanted to convict Mr. Cadden on numerous murder charges and some had wanted acquit him - suggesting that they fell short of the unanimous agreement required of a jury's decision. "He can sentence him to nearly nothing, up until decades and decades of time in a federal penitentiary", said Elikann.

This meningitis outbreak affected people in 20 different states and some people still suffer from chronic pain from that drug.

Prosecutors will ask the judge to sentence him to 35 years in prison.

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