Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Pharmacy head to be sentenced in deadly meningitis outbreak

Cadden should pay $132.8m for fungal meningitis outbreak, US says US seeks stiff sentence for pharmacist in 2012 meningitis outbreak
Freda Brock | 27 June, 2017, 22:11

Jurors acquitted Cadden of 25 second-degree murder charges under the federal racketeering law but found him guilty of fraud and conspiracy.

The pharmacist wiped away tears as he apologized to victims on Monday and acknowledged the vast pain and suffering his company's products caused.

Cadden is scheduled to surrender to prison on August 7. The prison hasn't been chosen yet.

In their sentencing memorandum, in which they called for a 35-year prison sentence, prosecutors charged that Cadden displayed an "unconscionable disregard for the lives of the patients using his drugs". Cadden's lawyer said he should get 2 1/2 to 3 years.

Darrell Nealon, who lost his father, Dallas, to the outbreak, said Stearns was "too lenient" with Cadden.

No state was hit harder by an outbreak of Fungal Meningitis caused by tainted drugs than MI, and now the co-owner of the pharmacy who was convicted of shipping the infected steroids has been sentenced.

A former MA pharmacy executive has been found responsible for mixing the drugs that caused the deadly meningitis outbreak and has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

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.

The co-owner of a MA pharmacy deemed responsible for the deaths of 76 people in a national meningitis outbreak has apologized to the victims.

The description came during a sentencing hearing for 50-year-old Barry Cadden, the co-founder of the New England Compounding Center.

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"Make no mistake about it — what Barry Cadden did was evil, and he should be punished accordingly", said Assistant U.S. Attorney George Varghese, urging the judge to sentence Cadden to 35 years in prison.

More than a dozen people sickened by the tainted steroids and people whose loved ones died after receiving the contaminated drugs asked the judge to give Cadden the maximum allowable punishment. 76 people died and hundreds of others were sickened.

Victims told stories of shattered lives and unbearable loss caused by the tainted steroids made by Cadden's company. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had officially announced 64 deaths, but "they stopped counting a year after the outbreak", said Christina Sterling, acting US Attorney spokeswoman. Rachelle Shuff, of IN, told the courtroom how she almost died after a steroid shot following a severe vehicle crash.

Clinton County Circuit Court Judge Eddie Lovelace was one of 76 people killed by the meningitis outbreak.

"Who gave him the right to play God?" asked Penny Laperriere, a MI woman whose husband died of the meningitis complications. He died in 2012.

Describing her mother's death as "horrible", Martin said her mother was an active person cutting her own lawn and washing her own vehicle until late September 2012 when she was injected with a steroid from Cadden's company.

In March, Cadden, 50, owner and head pharmacist of the New England Compounding Center, was convicted of more than 50 counts of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and introduction of misbranded drugs into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead.

His lawyers counter that prosecutors are seeking to demonize Cadden, who they said was not convicted of knowing the drugs were contaminated, just of misrepresenting how they were made. After the outbreak, Congress increased federal oversight of compounding pharmacies. 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.

Glenn Adam Chin leaves federal court, September 11, 2014.

More than 750 patients who received injections of an NECC-manufactured steroid were diagnosed with the fungal infection in 2012.

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