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Pharmacy head gets 9 years for deadly outbreak

6 years 5 months 1 week ago Monday, June 26 2017 Jun 26, 2017 June 26, 2017 7:38 PM June 26, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
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BOSTON - The co-founder of a Massachusetts pharmacy has been sentenced to nine years in prison in a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds more.
Barry Cadden was acquitted of second-degree murder charges under federal racketeering law but was convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges.
A judge sentenced Cadden on Monday after hearing statements from people who said he ruined their lives.
Cadden was charged in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that was traced to contaminated injections of medical steroids made by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham.
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.
Prosecutors sought a 35-year prison sentence. Cadden's lawyer said he should get 2 1/2 to 3 years.

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