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The owners of a pharmacy in Massachusetts and their 12 employees were arrested recently after being held responsible for the meningitis outbreak that made 64 victims. Barry Cadden and Gregory Conigliaro co-founded the pharmacy called New England Compounding Center based in Framingham. They were among the 14 people who have been arrested around the state of Massachusetts.
One of the pharmacy employees is Glenn Adam Chin, who worked as a supervisor pharmacist and was arrested for mail fraud. He was charged in September at the Boston Logan International Airport while he was about to fly to Hong Kong.
The pharmacy employees are accused of manufacturing tainted steroids which caused the 2012 meningitis outbreak. More than 750 patients in 20 states developed several infections and meningitis after taking the contaminated steroids. The most serious cases of meningitis were in the states of Indiana, Tennessee and Michigan.
The exact charges brought upon the pharmacy co-founders and employees have not been made public yet, but all of the accused are expected to show up before the court later today.
After the meningitis outbreak, the pharmacy was sued by hundreds of patients who have developed the disease. Following this, the pharmacy filed for bankruptcy and gave up its license to manufacture drugs.
The recent arrests come after the New England Compounding Center pharmacy sold contaminated drugs that killed 64 people with fungal meningitis in the autumn of 2012. The outbreak led to new legislations regarding compounding pharmacies responsible for producing specialized drug formulas for patients with specific needs.
The new legislation was refers to the pharmacies that are mass manufacturers of drugs and distribute them all over the country, without being regulated by the federal government.
New England Compounding pharmacy was owned by the Conigliaro family from Massachusetts. The family entered started with a recycling company in 1990, and later switched to pharmaceuticals. The pharmacy became a major supplier of drugs to hospitals and clinics all over the United States.
One of the charges filed against Glenn Adam Chin refer to the fact that he labeled drug fraudulently and shipped them to a clinic in Michigan, where more than 200 patients contracted meningitis and some of them died.
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