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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Massachusetts pharmacist gets more jail time in meningitis outbreak

A former Massachusetts pharmacist pleaded guilty to his role in the deadly 2012 multistate meningitis outbreak that killed more than 100 people and sickened hundreds of others, after a federal judge on Wednesday commuted his original sentence to 2 1/2 years. Will spend more time behind bars after being extended.

Glen Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, was previously sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison by the US Circuit Court of Appeals after his eight-year sentence was dismissed and US District Judge Richard Stearns asked to reconsider the case. had ordered.

It comes two weeks after former New England Compounding Center owner Barry Caden was sentenced to more than five years in prison. Cadden was sentenced to 14 1/2 years in prison.

Before Wednesday’s lengthy sentencing, Chin told the families of the victims, who had gathered in the courtroom: “I completely understand why you hate me. … I apologize to all of you.” Please know that I never intended to harm anyone.”

Caden and Chin were both acquitted of second-degree murder charges after a trial in federal court in Boston, but were later charged with murder in Michigan state court, where the cases are still pending.

An appeals court struck down their sentences last year and ordered the judge to re-examine whether some reforms to sentencing guidelines that call for harsher penalties should apply.

Throughout Chin’s trial, prosecutors portrayed her as a rude employee who cut corners and ignored warning signs of unsafe production methods to boost production and profits. Chin’s lawyers said that the caller of the shots was Caiden and that there was no evidence that Chin had contaminated the drugs.

Prosecutors had called for new sentences of more than 17 years for both men, who were convicted of fraud and other offenses resulting from an outbreak of mold-tainted steroid injections produced by Compounding Pharmacy in Framingham.

Prosecutors say the facility cut corners to boost profits, neglected to properly disinfect its rooms, shipped drugs before receiving test results and ignored warning signs that its The methods of production were unsafe. Prosecutors earlier this month urged Stearns to give Caden a prison sentence of more than 17 years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Strachan told court at the time, “Mr. Caden ran an operation full of fraud and opportunism that was so risky to patients and he took good advantage of it.

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