Pharmacist in Deadly U.S. Meningitis Outbreak Resentenced to 10-1/2 Years in Prison | Top News

Pharmacist in Deadly U.S. Meningitis Outbreak Resentenced to 10-1/2 Years in Prison | Top News

BOSTON (Reuters) – An ex-pharmacist at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose mold-tainted drugs sparked a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012 was resentenced on Wednesday to 10-1/2 years in prison after an appeals court tossed his earlier eight-year punishment.

Glenn Chin, the now-defunct New England Compounding Center’s supervisory pharmacist, was sentenced for a second time by U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns in Boston two weeks after co-founder Barry Cadden received a new prison term of 14-1/2 years.

Prosecutors said those deaths stemmed from a fungal meningitis outbreak traced back to mold-tainted steroids that Framingham, Massachusetts-based NECC produced in filthy and unsafe conditions and sold to hospitals and clinics nationally.

The outbreak sickened 793 patients, more than 100 of whom died.

Prosecutors said Chin, while supervising the so-called clean rooms in which NECC’s drugs were made, directed staff to ship untested drugs, use expired ingredients, falsify cleaning logs and ignore mold and bacteria.

“I feel responsible for what happened because I made the drugs that made so many people terribly sick, including those who have died,” he said.

Stearns originally sentenced Cadden, NECC’s co-owner and president, and Chin to nine and eight years, respectively, prompting a successful appeal by prosecutors who considered the penalties too lenient. Prosecutors had initially sought 35-year prison terms for both men.

Both men are now awaiting trial on separate second-degree murder charges in Michigan, which was hit hard by the outbreak.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.

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