Pharmacy Exec Resentenced to 14 years in U.S. Outbreak of Meningitis


Pharmacist and co-founder of the now-defunct New England Compounding Center Barry Cadden was resentenced on Wednesday to 14-and-a-half years in jail. The federal appeals court overturned barren’s earlier 9-year term. He is sentenced to prison for his role in a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak in Boston, in Massachusetts, U.S. June 26, 2017.

Cadden was convicted of fraud and other crimes, but he showed almost no emotions when he heard the new 14-and-a-half years sentence.

New York Massachusetts compounding pharmacy is reported to produce mold tainted drugs that sparked the deadly U.S. fungal meningitis outbreak. This meningitis outbreak killed 100 people and sickened 793 in 2012.

Cadden’s company in Framingham, about 20 miles west of Boston, was manufacturing mold-tainted steroid injections, reported AP. Compounding pharmacies have some distinct features from other companies: most important is that they custom-mix medications and supply them directly to public health officials and hospitals.

Prosecutors reported that during the trials: Cadden’s company ignored public health and increased risk of meningococcal disease outbreak to boost profits. The company ignored the warning signs that its products were unsafe and sold unsafe vaccines to hospitals and clinics nationally.

Meningitis is a viral infection, but bacteria and fungi can be the reasons behind it. Meningococcal is a rare disease caused by bacterial infection, and in most severe conditions, it leads to meningitis. Meningitis is a condition that results due to inflammation of the protective covering of the brain and spinal cord called meninges. Serogroup b vaccination protects against serogroup b meningococcal disease.

“Mr. Cadden ran an operation full of fraud and opportunism that was so risky to patients: and he profited well off of it,” added Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Strachan, chief of the health care fraud unit in Massachusetts federal prosecutor’s office. “He knew the dangers he was creating for patients in this country every time he got behind the wheel at NECC.”

As indicated by the AP, Strachan read so anyone might hear a letter from the 80-year-old mother of a lady who experiences medical problems. The Medical problem of this lady is connected to mold polluted vaccination provided by NECC. As a result, Laura Brinton stays restricted to her bed 75% of the time, her mom said.

“My beautiful, educated, gracious, successful daughter has asked me many times why we didn’t let her die,” Brinton’s mother wrote in the letter. “I have told her we all hoped that living would bring with it, restored health but how wrong we were.” She begged the judge to impose an extended punishment on Barry Cadden.

During his sentencing hearing in 2017, Cadden mournfully apologized to the suffers from the outbreak, saying, “I am sorry for the whole range of suffering that resulted from my company’s drugs.”

Amanda Strachan added that Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin “deserve to be treated like serial killers.”

Along with Cadden, Glenn Chin, NECC’s supervisory pharmacist, is also sentenced to eight years in custody.