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Prosecutor Says Pharmacist Placed Speed Over Safety Before Outbreak

A pharmacist accused of making the drugs that caused a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak showed a “shocking disregard” for human life by failing to ensure the medicines were safe, a prosecutor told jurors as his trial opened Tuesday. Glenn Chin, …

Massachusetts Compounding Pharmacy Boss Gets 9 Years for Meningitis Outbreak

The co-owner of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy deemed responsible for the deaths of 76 people in a national meningitis outbreak tearfully apologized to the victims on Monday and was sentenced to nine years in prison, far less than the victims …

Meningitis Outbreak Verdict Slip Creates Confusion After Trial

People who lost loved ones in a fungal meningitis outbreak traced to tainted steroids were stunned when a pharmacy executive was acquitted of murder charges in 25 deaths, and some legal experts are questioning whether the vote by the jury …

Ex-Pharmacy Exec Convicted in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was convicted Wednesday of racketeering and other charges over a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country and was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs. Prosecutors said Barry Cadden, 50, ran the business …

Meningitis Outbreak Trial Begins With Blame Game

The former president of a compounding pharmacy blamed for a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012 put “profits over patients” and ignored repeated warning signs that drugs manufactured by his company were being contaminated by mold, a prosecutor told jurors Monday …

Senate Votes to Advance Specialty Pharmacy Bill

The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a bill designed to tighten government oversight of pharmacies that custom-mix prescription drugs, in the wake of last year’s deadly meningitis outbreak tied to contaminated pain injections. The bill cleared a parliamentary hurdle on …

House OKs Bill Aimed at Improving Drug Safety

The House easily approved bipartisan legislation Saturday aimed at improving the safety of drugs produced by compounding pharmacies that mix customized pharmaceuticals. The measure, approved on a voice vote, comes almost a year after a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 …

Tennessee Victims in Meningitis Outbreak Win New Avenue for Lawsuits

Victims in Tennessee of a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak won the right to pursue a new avenue of litigation against healthcare facilities and doctors there, after a ruling by a U.S. bankruptcy judge this week. Tennessee was the second hardest-hit …

Massachusetts Shuts 11 Pharmacies Following Inspections

State officials have ordered 11 pharmacies to completely or partially shut down their operations after a series of unannounced inspections prompted by a deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. The Department of Public Health inspections were conducted across the state …

FDA Chief Urges Action on Drug Compounding Safety

The top U.S. drug regulator on Wednesday urged state officials to help close regulatory loopholes involving the safety of compounded drugs, such as the tainted steroid injections at the center of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. At a day-long meeting …