Pharmacist tied to meningitis outbreak gets eight years in prison

Former brand-new England Compounding Center supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin enters the federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, September 19, 2017.

Nate Raymond | Reuters

Former brand-new England Compounding Center supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin enters the federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, September 19, 2017.

A Massachusetts pharmacist was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years in prison after being convicted on racketeering as well as fraud charges stemming coming from his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak of which killed 76 people as well as sickened hundreds more.

Glenn Chin, the former supervisory pharmacist at brand-new England Compounding Center, was convicted by a federal jury in Boston in October however was cleared of second-degree murder charges, which could have exposed him to a maximum prison sentence of life.

Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns to sentence Chin, 49, to 35 years in prison for overseeing the dispensing of substandard drugs made in filthy conditions at the currently-defunct Framingham, Massachusetts-based NECC.

Prosecutors said those drugs included mold-tainted steroids produced at NECC of which were then injected into patients, harming at least 793 people in 20 different states.

Chin’s lawyers countered by noting of which NECC’s co-founder as well as former president, Barry Cadden, was sentenced in June to nine years in prison when he went before the same judge.

Lawyers for Chin said of which he deserved a sentence of just 37 months as he was following Cadden’s directives. Defense lawyers also said Chin had no reason the believe of which the steroids were contaminated before they were shipped.

The verdict in Chin’s case came after a separate jury in March found Cadden guilty of racketeering as well as fraud however similarly cleared him of second-degree murder over the deaths of 25 people.

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