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Pharmacist Acquitted of Murder, Guilty of Conspiracy & Racketeering in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

Pharmacist Acquitted of Murder, Guilty of Conspiracy & Racketeering in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

The deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that was spread through contaminated steroid injections seriously injured over 700 hundred patients across the U.S. and killed 64. The steroid manufacturer, New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts, sold the contaminated medication to physicians and care providers at numerous pain clinics nationwide.

As reported by The Tennessean, NECC co-founder and head pharmacist Barry Cadden, has been acquitted of murder charges in a Massachusetts trial over criminal liability in the case relating to the deaths of 25 patients from the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to NECC’s steroid treatments for back pain. Mr. Cadden faced a life sentence if convicted of second-degree murder, but instead was found guilty of racketeering, conspiracy and mail fraud charges for his role in the outbreak.

Twelve other pharmacists were initially charged with lesser crimes, with some charges being dropped and others pleading guilty for their involvement in the widespread meningitis outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that 751 patients in 20 states developed meningitis infections after being injected with NECC steroids, and that a total of 64 individuals died.

The family of Donald McDavid, who died after receiving tainted injections from a clinic in Crossville, Tenn., released a statement thanking the prosecutors, judge and jury for their efforts.

“Don was a good Christian man. We live with Don’s loss every day,” the statement said. “We take some comfort in knowing Mr. Cadden will be held accountable for his actions. No matter how long Mr. Cadden spends in prison, it will never bring Don back.”

National Personal Injury Lawyers

Lieff Cabraser represents patients injured or killed by a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012.More than 14,000 patients across the U.S. were injected with a contaminated medication that caused the outbreak. The New England Compounding Center (“NECC”) in Framingham, Massachusetts, manufactured and sold the drug – an epidural steroid treatment designed to relieve back pain. The contaminated steroid was sold to patients at a number of pain clinics.

If you or a loved one have developed fungal meningitis as a result of steroid injections, please contact a Lieff Cabraser personal injury lawyer through our case page for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. There is no charge or obligation for our review of your case, and all information will be held strictly confidential.