Pharmacist Convicted Of Federal Charges On Fungal Meningitis Outbreak 2012

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Cadden, a former Ski Valley resident who co-owned a MA compounding pharmacy, was convicted Wednesday of racketeering and other charges related to the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people and sickened hundreds more.

Barry Cadden's acquittal of the 25 counts of second-degree murder dismayed the survivors of the outbreak. He is slated to be sentenced June 21.

Cadden is convicted of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering, an introduction of misbranded drugs into States of commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead and mail fraud, the CNN reports. Workers also lied about conditions, prosecutors said.

The jury on Wednesday found that Cadden wasn't responsible for the deaths. The defense argued Mr. Cadden was not directly responsible for the contamination of the drugs, according to the Globe.

Bruce Singal, Cadden's lead attorney said that their side really doesn't know what the jury was thinking but for them, the thing that they were most concerned about and the most important were the announcements of the murder counts.

Cadden was found guilty of racketeering and mail fraud, and he faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Mark Pearlstein, an attorney for one of the men awaiting trial, pharmacist Joseph M. Evanosky, said the verdict has not changed his plans to contest the charges.

Glenn Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist at NECC, is also facing murder charges, and will be tried next month.

Two other defendants had charges dismissed, and another has pleaded guilty.

"Barry is very conscious in the flurry of excitement over the verdict that we not forget the people who have suffered terribly during this ordeal, the people who have lost loves ones, and Barry's thoughts and prayers remain with them throughout".

"Murder is the worst crime known to humanity, and it is a awful injustice that Barry Cadden was labeled with this charge by the government for more than two years", Cadden's attorney, Bruce Singal, said after the verdict.

"I'd expect them to go full speed ahead", Schumacher said.