Pharmacy executive sentenced to 9 years for deadly meningitis outbreak

Jun 27, 2017

A pharmacy co-owner in Massachusetts was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday for his role in a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people.

Barry Cadden was acquitted of second-degree murder charges under federal racketeering law, but was convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges.

The 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak was traced to contaminated injections of medical steroids made by the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts. Hundreds were sickened by the steroids, and 19 people in Michigan were killed.

Persons with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections, by State
Credit CDC

Prosecutors say Cadden ran the center in a dangerous way by skirting industry regulations on sterility in an effort to push production and make more money.